Investigating Ghosts, Cryptids, UFOs, Urban Legends and Forgotten Histories of Aotearoa
Category: EVP and possible communication recordings
Within the field of paranormal research, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) are noises heard on electronic recordings. These are interpreted as disembodied voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested by investigators and captured. Spirit Communication can include sounds such as knocks, taps, or non-vocal sounds which regularly and repeatedly occur in direct response to questions or requests made during a paranormal investigation.
Over many years of investigations, the Haunted Auckland team have captured and collected numerous examples of EVP and other forms of possible interactive spirit communication. Many are thrown out as obvious misidentifications with a reasonable explanation, whilst others leave the team, undecided and put in the ”Dont Know” file.
The team hasn’t concluded that these recordings are of genuine paranormal artefacts, but are audio captures that the team has analysed quite thoroughly and were unable at that time to find a suitable explanation that fitted. We present a few of our better captures here for the public, and other paranormal investigation groups, to review and interpret.
In October 2012, the Haunted Auckland team embarked on a second investigation at a private residence in New Lynn, Auckland. The residents of the property allowed us a full overnight investigation after we noticed a strange feeling of presence in a bedroom used by Michael, the head of the household.
Coughing captured in Maximum Security Building 2 by Matthew Tyler who was sitting completely alone in the Maximum Security building whilst the other team members were all in a completely different building, a distance from this one. “Kingseat ”coughing””
The Haunted Auckland group returned to the Spookers building at Kingseat to look further into incidents which had happened on the previous investigation sessions, looking for explanations and to gather more evidence of the paranormal activity in this former psychiatric hospital. On the lower level they seemed to be having some to – and – fro interaction with an EMF meter.
The below pieces of audio were gathered during our follow-up investigation on 7th April 2013. The beeping noise that can be heard is an EMF Detector with an audio function which gives a series of beeps. The speed of the beeps gives an indication of the strength of the electro-magnetic field. The detector was held stationary while this audio was being captured.
Fluctuating energy levels could be many things. There are many possible sources of readings. An important one is, of course, electrical equipment and wiring, even if it is not obviously visible. Electrical cables may be in walls, ceilings or under floors. The fields these cables produce may vary a lot depending on electrical loads from equipment that might be some distance away and not visible to investigators. Electromagnetic fields can also be attributed to the Earth’s naturally created geomagnetic fields. Humans also emit a small field of energy.
Whilst all these could be used as argument by sceptics as to what caused the ongoing seemingly ‘intelligent’ and rather precise communications we seemed to be experiencing, we personally do not feel they fit the experiences we had. The replies were bang-on responsive to the questions. The answers were all relevant to the questions asked. When confirmation of each answer was asked for, the confirmation reply was immediate. Even down to the smaller detailed questioning like ‘How many fingers am I holding up?’ And ‘How many men are there in the room?’, ‘How many women are in the room?’ All accurately answered and confirmed, sometimes a second time to be sure.
The team were all witnesses and were all impressed by the accuracy and speed of the apparently replies given to us, via EMF meter connection. As usual we try to keep the questioning and conversations light in topic; asking simple questions like “What is your name?” “Did you work here?”, “Do you enjoy being here?” etc.
We also try to have fun with them as we’ve found in the past that a lighter mood based around friendliness, a light-hearted manner and a caring, sympathetic approach seems to bring in more responses. It’s about letting them know that we mean them no disrespect or harm in being there, that we are there to try to make contact, to learn about them and anyone else that may still reside in the building and to understand their situation and get a feel of what it must have been like in their time.
We try to assure them that we are there to listen to them if they are able, (or want) to talk with us. Have a listen and decide for yourself. Communication? or Coincidence?
This recording was captured during an August 2012 investigation, whilst Matthew and Lisa were standing in the special wheelchair-accessible seating area. They were questioning a few interesting EMF (Electromagnetic field) spikes and fluctuations that were occurring at the time.
What do you hear?
This possible EVP was recorded by former team member Kris, while conducting a solo communication session in the public toilets at the Civic Theatre. He was alone on that floor of the building when he heard what he thought may have been another team member looking for him. He was very surprised to find that the others were upstairs in a completely different area.
After some interesting occurrences in a previous investigation and upon hearing further stories from the staff at the Village who received our report and corroborated some of the evidence we captured, we felt a second investigation with a larger team was necessary to help consolidate the evidence of paranormal activity at the Howick Historical Village.
Here is an audio anomaly captured simultaneously on two recorders in separate rooms. The anomaly sounds like a woman sighing in the first recording from the kitchen, and in the 2nd recording taken in the bedroom it appears to continue with indistinct words. This was captured while only 3 male investigators were present.
The following audio anomaly was captured 90 minutes into the investigation, within the Eckfords Maraetai Homestead building.
We believe this to be an example of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) as the voice recorded on the digital recorder was not heard by any of the team members present at the time it was captured.
During this session, three male team members were in the building. Mark, being a bit silly, went up to a dressed mannequin and casually said ”nice blue dress”, commenting on the very new-looking period replica blue attire, it was wearing. Nothing was heard until the audio was reviewed later on. A clear (though a little ambiguous) reply is heard immediately after Mark’s comment.
One interpretation we heard was ‘‘White Dress”.
When we sent the audio to the village management to listen and offer an opinion, we were surprised to hear that the mannequin had (just hours before our arrival) had it’s clothes changed by a staff member for cleaning. The mannequin had been wearing a WHITE DRESS! A spooky coincidence, or possible communication? You decide.
Below are two samples taken from a 150-second recording at the location. The first sample has not been altered apart from cropping the length to 15 seconds. The second sample has been amplified by 30dB to improve listenability. The audio anomaly or EVP occurs at 10.5 seconds into the sample and appears to be made up of two syllables whispered in a male voice.