Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Especially a person who has just begun with EVP
(Electronic Voice Phenomenon) research, may be
uncertain in some points and would need information,
that may not be obtainable anywhere else. Some of the
questions have been addressed in the following pages.
Can you only address one particular deceased person,
or can you address the spirits collectively?
You can do both. For example, there are questions
where you just don't know which deceased person would
be able to answer it. Then it is advisable to
generally address "the friends" (spirits). One can
also turn to groups of the deceased, such as
physicians, if one has an appropriate question for
them. There is no "must" in our research. Everyone can
employ their own thoughts, how one will come to an
early success, and then can conduct their own
Has it been observed that a particular spirit would
aid in the contact?
Yes and no. There are colleagues that have a mediator,
which does not necessarily have to be a relative; as
for instance Friedrich Jürgenson has his Lena. Others
however receive their contact without a recognizable
Do the occurring noises suggest a "transmission room"?
There are voices that sound like coming from a hall or
have a quite special "sound" to it, which can vary.
There are also clearly on and off switching sounds. To
conclude from this that there is a transmission room,
is reaching perhaps a bit to far. But
one could suggest that technical means seem to be in
play over there too.
Or are the deceased able to transmit on their part?
This question cannot be answered conclusively.
Sometimes there is the impression that someone has
been helpful to the speaker, however in most cases the
speaking was quite spontaneous.
Are there encoded responses?
Yes! It happens very often actually. To make sense of
the statement you must practice astuteness. Many of
the encoded responses really contain wisdom.
Can the spirits see us?
Apparently they can, because there are many recorded
voices that have stated that they can see us.
Has it been observed that the spirits are addressable
around the clock?
Yes, they usually are. If you try to contact someone,
where the last time seems to be a while ago, you may
wait in vain for it to happen. If a voice states,
"Tomorrow evening, before too tired", this may be also
meant for the experimenter.
What should I rather not ask?
Foremost, we should not abuse the friends by using
them as oracles and require from them to forecast the
future. This doesn't usually work out to well. Some
colleagues gave up on the research because of
disappointments since they regarded this as a
substitute for future telling, which this is not
Can one even suspect where the spirits are?
A quite practical hypothesis is that the soul is at a
higher dimension than our three dimensional world. It
does not have any space or time problems as we do, and
penetrates our time and space as desired. Consequently
the deceased can speak onto the tape spontaneously and
without time delay.
How far back are the spirits attainable, and/or is
there a generation boundary?
There are probably no temporal boundaries. One should
try everything, and if there is genuine interest, ask
for a person that has lived some centuries ago.
Does the success of a recording depend on some
technical or environmental condition (e.g. time,
place, or the recording devices used)?
Based on experience, there are no certain outside
conditions or any predictable tendency that may
influence the success of a recording, nor does it
depend on recording devices or place and time of the
recording session. Of course, the basic technical
conditions must be given such as a working
cassette recorder. Very good results are often
obtained even with the simplest cassette recorder.
EVP cannot be forced. Most important for the
success of recording the voices is patience, with no
exaggerated expectations. If special, possibly
technical or mental factors play a roll is
unfortunately still unexplored.
As technicians, you would actually know that the
recording of the audible voices have most likely
varied conventional causes. Much that is heard is in
some manner indistinguishable, overlaid with
disturbances of all kinds, so that you might interpret
the result arbitrarily and you may succumb to a
deceiving perception. (You might hear what your
subconscious wants you to hear.)
Of course we are aware that possible mistakes with
technical and psychological sources may interfere with
the evaluation of the tapes authenticity. Nevertheless
many experimenters have concerned themselves for a
long time with this phenomenon, which would have been
dropped by now, if their practical attempts had come
to the same conclusion. EVP voices are not suitable
for theorizing over, rather everyone can convince
themselves of their authenticity or possible deception
by conducting their own properly executed experiments
of this phenomenon. The VTF would like to give
necessary information and assistance to prospective
Do the recorded voices really originate from another
Since the emergence of the tape voice phenomenon the
VTF proceeds with the "spiritual theory", this means
it is assumed that the voices are from the souls of
the deceased. There are of course other scientific
theories about this, e.g. the "animist theory", which
charges that the whole phenomenon is contributed by
the subconscious of the experimenter, also "perception
deceptions", ("One hears what one wants to hear"). The
experiences of people who are involved with EVP
recordings point to the spiritual direction. But in
the long run everyone must and should find out for
himself or herself.
Why are we occupying ourselves with the spirits?
Shouldn't we be more concerned with communication
amongst humans living today? Is this subject taking
shameless advantage of people in grieve and with
longing, to take a swim on the "esoteric wave"?
Besides the pure technical aspect of the Electronic
Voice Phenomenon, there is also importance with the
world perspective. EVP recordings, if correctly
understood and used, could contribute substantially to
a more humanitarian world worth living in. Not by
regarding the communication with the spirits as a
means of life assistance to get advise at each
opportunity, because you would be evading
responsibilities for decisions. Rather, recognize with
realization or notion the fact, that nevertheless,
there could perhaps be something beyond the purely
material existence, that we are not short-lived and
that life does not end with death, but merges
regardless into something larger.
Of course the recorded voices can help the mourning
survivors with their grief in a death case. But here a
sense of responsibility and sensitivity are very much
in demand, and only people with experience in
grievance counseling should get involved. EVP voices
on tape are a an offering to all humans that are
searching for answers to questions like from where do
they come from, where are we going with this, and why?
They should stimulate your thinking, yet they are not
a religion. A possible consequence for the occupation
with tape voices is that they seem to contradict our
conception of the world, or at the least, it doesn't
seem to fit in the arrangement correctly. Either you
take this for what it is and forget about it, or it
takes a hold of you and you start to give this some
thought. To what conclusion this comes is for everyone
to decide for themselves. Since this is not about
religion, there are no "faith contents" to be
obtained. All that is needed is independent thinking.
Is it dangerous to record EVP voices? I would not like
any spirits to be hanging around me.
Contrary to the well known "spiritual practices" like
mediumism, channeling or e.g. experiments with moving
glasses or "writing table sessions" such as the
"Ouija-board", recording voices on tape is principally
harmless, since humans do not function as mediums and
the voices simply manifest themselves onto tape.
Experiments have resulted that voices can develop with
our without the presence of a human during the
However, concerns would occur with people who are
psychologically unstable, who exaggerate with
experimenting and that become obsessed and take
everything that is said by the spirits at face value.
Cases of obsession are actually not known in
connection with the Electronic Voice Phenomenon.
However one should always approach this subject with a
certain degree of sincerity, not as a pastime or for a
joke. Also you will hardly get the "lotto numbers"
from the other side either.
(Source: VTF-Post P 43, issue 2/86)