Listening to a recording of any voice that does not have crystal clarity may result in a tenuous translation. It was evident from the first recording that cataloging our EVP clips and archiving them according to their clarity would be required. Our recordings are graded from A to C and N, they are explained as follows: grade A - a clear voice and unambiguous without earphones, grade B - understandable with repeated listening on headphones, grade C - not easily heard and ambigious with or without earphones, grade N - a non-vocal noise that is either heard or not heard at the time of recording.
Despite the structured grading system, disagreement as to the correct interpretation of an EVP is commonplace. The ease of understanding the message depends on many variables: clarity, language, speed, intonation, accent and context. If just one variable is far from the listeners norm, the interpretation may be difficult. One of our seance recordings may take upwards of 20 hours to review, the ear and brain get confused when tired and we have found that it is very easy to misinterpret a message. Our normal protocol is to review a recording as soon as possible post session and then to consider potential EVPs together, so that we may arrive at an agreed translation.
When we first began recording seances, we asked our communicators how they transmitted their voice. The answer somewhat surprised us; we were provided with the analogy of a telephone exchange. Voices were received by an operator who connected them with a speaker. Sometimes we experience a clear channel, at other times a party line with more than one communicator.
EVP Class A: This is the voice of Mickey White, a lad from London who passed over when he was quite young. His voice has a buoyant characterist tone and is usually very clear and easy to understand.
EVP Class B: Rachel has long had a fascination for Sir Walter Raleigh and his name has been captured on numerous occasions but only on field investigations. We have no proof or evidence that this is the voice of Sir Walter but it amuses us to imagine it might be him. This clip was captured at Woodchester Mansion.
EVP Class C: This was captured in a séance after a discussion on whether alien life forms were able to communicate with us and if they had a soul. Whilst not a direct answer or terribly clear, it is nevertheless very thought provoking.
EVP Noise: In séances it is not uncommon to physically hear noises in the room that are not made by us, that are captured on recordings. Very rarely are they human voices, most often whistles, the rustling of fabric or a sound similar to the licking of lips. In this clip there are two distinct periods of whistling that were attributed, incorrectly, to Dicky.