The voices! The voices!

Hey there and thank you, thank all of you who’ve been posting comments on the EVP I put online yesterday – it’s all really useful, as I haven’t had much time to listen to the pesky thing myself.

And one of the reasons I haven’t had much time, is that I’ve been going through the recording looking, alright, listening, for anything else inthere, and I think I’ve found a couple more – although to be honest, I’ve been going over and over the footage so much I’m not sure I tell EVP from farting right now.
Anyway, I’m going to slap the clips up online now, to see if you have any better luck with them than I have – and then I’ve got to dash off because Louisa wants to take a look round the neighbourhood. Squeak to you later…

The odd video blog

Hello there. I’ve just come from the very odd experience of watching myself on video and realising that not only do I have no idea what I’m talking about, but I also don’t really remember recording the piece at all. I’m talking about my video diary which was uploaded yesterday and in which Gary has noticed some very odd phenomena: a shadow that grows from the left-hand side of the screen across the wall behind me as I speak.

That in itself is an odd thing, as I don’t remember anything casting a shadow – but then I don’t actually remember recording the video diary at all. Jon asked me to record a few words, to get some private thoughts, I suppose, and I recall that I had something very specific I wanted to say, but watching the recording back I realise that whatever I meant to say, I certainly didn’t say it. In fact what I did say appears to make no sense whatsoever.

What I do recall is a sense of relief at being given an outlet, a place to express some of the misgivings I’m having about where our investigation is going at the moment, but in some way that relief seems to have just overwhelmed me. Its very odd – but it, even more oddly, it feels familiar – there have been a few moments in the last couple of days when I’ve felt dislocated from what I was doing – something which I’d put down to tiredness and stress from working on the project.

In fact my sleep has been very broken recently, which does at least mean that I’ve been able to note down my dreams for my dream diary – the most recent being a version of the one I’ve been having since I moved into the house – running around the house looking for someone – although in this case that someone being a figure I thought was our producer, Jon, but who, when I caught up with him, turned out to be the writer Ranulph Williams.

It worries me that I must stay focussed on the project and not let myself get too stressed out or worn out by the television nonsense – the Mazehouse is the thing that matters.

Hallo to everyone from Jon

Hallo, this is Jon Ward, producer for the Mazehouse project, blogging from inside a genuine haunted house, which is exciting, for me, anyway, although perhaps not for you.

I’m joining the team in the house for three reasons, really, and I’ll get the cynical one out of the way first – good television. Yes, it is a reason, and I’m not afraid to admit it – there was some really interesting stuff going on in the house last night and I’m really anxious that we don’t miss anything in this investigation, and I want to make sure that you don’t miss anything, either – the Mazehouse is an amazing project and someone ought to make sure it makes an amazing show, too.

Secondly, I’m here for the project – there’s a great and exciting mix of people in the house right now and I think its going to be good to be the layman in here – asking the difficult questions that I know you are going to want answered – I’m here to keep everyone together and on board with the project.

But lastly I’m here because I been dying to be here, right from the first moment I heard about the project. Like everyone, I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal and ghost stories and the chance to take part in a real-life investigation of a haunted house is simply too good to miss. But I’m also fascinated by what Stephen and Jo are trying to achieve here – a real, scientific investigation of this extraordinary phenomena – a really groundbreaking project- which is really why I’m so excited to be right here, live in the Mazehouse!


Electronic Voice Phenomena

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena is a term used to describe the reported discovery of voices or other attempts at communication unintentionally captured in otherwise normal audio recordings or recordings intentionally sought in radio static or ambient recorded background noise.

Usually audio recordings need to be filtered and manipulated to separate put the suggested EVP or extra-sensitive or specially prepared recording equipment needs to be used.

It has long been thought that paranormal events could be registered using  recording equipment. The great spiritualist movement at the end of the nineteenth century coincided with the discovery and use of radio and audio devices. Thomas Edison himself theorised about the kind of audio equipment that might be needed to communicate with the dead.

It has been pointed out, however, that the amount of preparation and interpretation that EMP commonly require means that almost any meaning could be ascribed to the recordings in question and that equipment itself can ioften produce noises that can be heard as human voices.

Most often the phenomena are ascribed to a kind of pareidolia – the natural human tendency to find patterns in random events and, more particularly, the way that people tend to see human faces and hear voices in otherwise innocuous images or sounds.

Jon Ward

Jon has been working at SciFi channel for a year now. Although he has a background more in acting than producing, he says he finds the latter far more satisfying: ‘Actors spend most of their time taking orders – it’s nice to be issuing them these days.’

Jon has very clear memories of what was, he thinks, ‘an Usborne book of Mysteries and Monsters or something like that – I read it until the covers came off and the whole thing fell apart.’ Ever since then he has been fascinated by the paranormal and the unknown – ‘Although its not something I thought I’d ever be making a living from.’

He is very excited about joining team, however, saying that he has two main reasons for his enthusiasm: ‘obviously this is potentially an exciting and, if we’re lucky, unique TV show – but it’s also a fantastic opportunity, personally speaking – to take part in a real paranormal investigation… I’ve never done anything like this before – I’m really looking forward to it.’

Jon definitely believes in the paranormal, and is really hoping to see experience something before the week is out.