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Voices of the dead

Can voices of the dead be heard on ordinary audio tapes recorded in a quiet room?

| Updated on: May 11 2005, 13:25 IST

Can voices of the dead be heard on ordinary audio tapes recorded in a quiet room?

Swedish archaeologist, documentary maker and artist Friedrich Juergenson pioneered research into Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Eighteen years after his death, interest in EVP is surging thanks to the horror movie 'White Noise' in which Michael Keaton receives messages from his dead wife.

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'We picked up maybe 60 new members after the movie,' said Lisa Butler, who runs the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (www.aaevp.com) together with her husband Tom from their home in Reno, Nevada.

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Their homepage recorded 88,000 hits the day after the movie opened and the Butlers appear on the 'White Noise' DVD's extra material, demonstrating how to record EVP.

The Butlers see the voices as evidence of life after death and say they have recorded the voices of Tom's father, Lisa's mother and her paternal grandmother.

'We have been recording the voices for 15 years and have proved to ourselves that it's possible to reach loved ones,' said Lisa Butler. 'We have done that.'

Believers say getting in touch with a deceased relative through EVP can help the grieving process and the association's roughly 400 members include parents whose dead children have contacted them through EVP, said Lisa.

The voices cannot be heard live, only when a recording is played back. Messages are often short, such as 'I miss you' or 'I love you', and are usually just louder than a whisper. Anyone can record and hear them but not everyone manages to establish contact with lost family members, say the Butlers.

'There are always entities on the other side who are willing to talk to you. But getting a loved one, a specific person, is a little more of a challenge,' said Tom.

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First Published Date: 09 May, 10:07 IST