Field Investigations

  • Norsk Folkemuseum

    Oslo, Norway

    Situated on a natural island, the museum at Bygdoy in Oslo has a growing collection of more than 160 historic Norwegian buildings dating from the 1200s to the present time. There are eleven areas to explore, which feature stunning buildings, the most striking and breathtaking being the Stave Church from Gol.

    The most promient feature of recordings, is that every EVP captured was in English. Whilst a great many Norweigans are fluent in English, they have an accent which cannot be heard on any of our clips. Seance sittings at home have captured more foreign voices than those done overseas, why this is we do not know. And to capture a voice and name of someone that we often captured in England must surely be unusual. Our experience here and in Sri Lanka raises a great many questions about who we are recording and exactly where they are. We also need to consider what are we capturing.

    Recording outside in an uncontrolled environment is never easy and weather conditions are often detrimental to clear EVP. Thankfully many of the houses in the museum can be entered and those that can't often have a sheltered entrance to look beyond and see the interior. Whilst the cold and snow might put off some visitors, it made for a perfect day to visit. We saw very few people as we walked around the large site and it was easy to wait a few minutes before having a whole area to ourselves. A great many more EVP were captured than used here or on the video but the wind makes hearing the voices very difficult and the meaning becomes consequently ambiguous. We prefer to present only those that you have a reasonable chance of hearing easily.

    EVP 1: Standing outside and leaning into what looked to be a sauna rather than a summerhouse, we capture the clear voice of a gentleman. Approximately ten minutes after this recording, a party of Chinese visitors arrived but the accent is definitely not theirs.

    EVP 1: it's just a lady

    EVP 2: It's always exciting to hear Raleigh's voice but we never expected to capture it in Norway. In the reign of Henry VIII and Elisabeth I, slaves were taken from Norway and Scandanavia to Europe and England but to the best of our knowledge, Raleigh did not visit. If you know otherwise, please do get in touch and let us know.

    EVP 2: it's Raleigh

    EVP 3: Looking into a dimly lit one room building with no windows, we could just about make out seating against the walls. It appeared to be a meeting house but we couldn't see any information outside to give us a clue about what took place inside. If the speaker was a leader of the village, possibly he construed our presence as unwanted vagrants.

    EVP 3: um beggars

    EVP 4: The language captured in EVP doesn't always conform to a correct grammatical pattern or our expected inflection for any string of given words. The first phrase in this clip is a brilliant example, despite being clear the words aren't quite right, "do you think" might be what we would expect to receive. The second EVP spoken by a female speaker, is very relevant to our conversation; we were discussing the layout of a room and how in the 1950s, it would have been more likely for a family to sit and talk together after dinner than to sit alone, as children often do now.

    EVP 4: do you thought - this is youth

    EVP 5: In a farmhouse that consisted of two rooms, one was a dedicated bedroom with beautiful carved four poster beds.As is common with many of the more rural houses at the museum, large open fireplaces feature in both rooms, which is understandable given the harsh winter climate. Although the child's voice isn't in Norwegian or a direct response, it is nevertheless fascinating as it was recorded in a child's bedroom.

    EVP 5: letting in the public

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