Raz called me that night. It was like any other night. I was on my Mac, browsing Facebook just like everyone else does.
But he did call me. And I answered it.
"Hello?" he said on the other side of the line.
"Hey bro wassup?" I replied.
"Ok, you got to listen to this OK, you just hold on..." he said to me.
I was eagerly waiting for him to get back to me, as I heard some muffle and shuffle sounds in the background. And here the sound of him coming nearer.
(Some static noises)
"OK here it goes!" he sounded excited.
Then I could hear a very familiar voice, undoubtedly that belongs to my partner Raz.
"The thing is, when we speak malay - LEAVE ME ALONE!"
My mind was trying to process what the heck that I just heard on the phone. He was playing back the recording that we had while we were doing the EVP Session at Pasir Ris.
My heart was pounding. The tingling of fear was running through my body, from head to toe and at the same time, my hair stands on my neck and arms, all the while thinking to myself, 'What the heck was that?!'
What you have just read above was the actual event that took place after SGHC has conducted our Pasir Ris Investigations.
It is considered quite the norm that every paranormal investigator will bound to come across an EVP during the reviewing stage of every footage or sound recordings gathered after every investigation - a disembodied voice coming from an undetectable source, relaying a few phrases or syllables which is discernible to our normal human understanding and surprisingly though, of the common language we use, namely the English language. Normally, EVPs are faint sounds which audibility falls below the lowest decibel humanly possible for us to listen to it, and thus audio editing softwares are frequently used to enhanced the sounds, to filter the background noises or increase the volume.
But what are EVPs? Some consider it could be voices from the dead. Some even claim that the spirits are trying to commune with the ones on this side of the world. Sound beyond the physical realm? Or simply a stray radio signal that was caught during the recording process somehow.
Electro Voice Phenomenon, or in its abbreviated form, EVP, is 'the recording of voices for which there is no natural or scientific explanation' (pg. 149, Rosemary Ellen Gully).
These voices, fortunately (just imagine the horror of listening to a disembodied voice 'live'!), are not audible during the recording itself, albeit those rare cases where an investigator hears a voice clearly and physically.
EVP was the first high-technology attempt to communicate with the dead and other discarnate beings. Perhaps the earliest documented EVP dates back to 1901 - although in that case, the disembodied voices was heard during the recording as well as on the playback. An American ethnologist, Waldemar Borogas, went to Spain to record a spirit conjuration ritual performed by a Tchouktchi shaman.The ritual was conducted in a darkened room with only Borogas and the shaman present. As the shaman drummed to enter into trance, Borogas heard disembodied voices speaking in Russion and English emanate from various points in the room. They were captured by his recordings.
- Class A voices are clearly heard and understood by majority of people
- Class B voices are clear, but there may be different interpretations of the word
- Class C voices are so faint they usually require headphones and amplification and are much harder to decipher. Majority of the EVP results falls in a Class C EVP category