A Brief History on EVP’s

A Brief History on EVP’s

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Electronic Voice Phenomena or EVP is the supposed recordings of the dead, voices that are not heard by the naked ear at the time of recording.

Thomas Edison 1920

Black and White photo of Thomas EdisonScientist and inventor, Thomas Edison, worked on a project to build a device to communicate with the dead. In an interview with Scientific American, October 1920, Edison stated, “If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties, and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore … if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something”.

 C.D. Broad 1922

An interesting side note is that philosopher Charlie Dunbar Broad (1887-1971) wrote in an article for the Society for Psychical Research, March 1922, page 251 that using a Dictaphone during alleged communication between a medium and the dead would prove useful in identifying the voices other than that of the medium. Mr. Broad was never credited with this idea but seemed to have been years ahead of everyone else.

 Attila von Szalay 1941

American photographer Attila von Szalay attempted to record ghost voices, later to become known as EVP on a 78 RPM recording system in 1941. He would later switch to reel-to-reel recording tape in 1956, building his own modified recording apparatus.

 Marcello Bacci 1949

In 1949, Marcello Bacci, started his attempt to communicate with the dead in 1949, Italy using a vacuum tube radio of that era. People would come to his house to talk with their departed relatives.

 Fredrich Jurgenson 1959

The first person to be credited with making these types of recording was Fredrich Jurgenson, in 1959. A Swedish film producer was out recording bird songs when he captured voices, which he believed were communications from the dead.

 Dr. Konstantin Raudive 1965

Dr. Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist, heard of Jurgenson’s recordings and decided to try his own experiments. He found his success when he believed he had recorded his deceased Mother’s voice.

 William O’Neil 1980

In 1980, William O’Neil constructed an electronic audio device called “The Spiritcom.” he claimed the device was built to specifications which he received psychically from George Mueller, a scientist who had died six years previously.

 Sarah Estep 1982

Sarah Estep, one of the most prolific EVP researchers, founded the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (AAEVP) in 1982. List of EVP communications are extensive, into the thousands.

 Frank Sumption 2002

In 2002 by EVP enthusiast Frank Sumption developed a device called Frank’s Box to communicate in real-time with the dead.