EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena are electronically documented sounds displaying speech characteristics that are not created by those recording them. In most cases this is done through use of digital or analog recording devices.        There is a significant divide between the paranormal and scientific communities as to the source of these sounds. On the one hand it’s suggested the sounds are the result of stray radio signals, static, or normal background noise that is being misinterpreted as having human qualities when compressed into digital format. The other school of thought holds that these voices are the result of an ability for those who have passed on to communicate with the living by methods of imprinting their voice on these devices. Some outside the range of human hearing and others clearly heard in real-time (disembodied voices).        RISEUP goes to great lengths not to take a leap of faith in either direction. We do not offer these sounds as definitive proof of the afterlife, nor do we embrace extreme rationalizations to discredit them. Each clip is run through audio analysis programs in a sincere effort to determine the sound range and the existence of vocal characteristics in anything anomalous we record. There is also a determination to honestly assess the possibility of misidentifying sounds emanating from natural sources. These are recordings of sounds that, to date, we could not fit within our criteria for naturally occurring sounds. We do not use filtering to its extreme as it will only compromise the quality of the recording.       NOTE: IN THIS AGE OF CELL PHONE USE, THE CLIPS HAVE BEEN AMPLIFIED TO ENHANCE THE LISTENING EXPERIENCE AND TO ALLOW US TO PLAY THEM REMOTELY ON OUR OWN DEVICES FOR INTERESTED PARTIES. THE ACTUAL RAW CLIPS HAVE BEEN ARCHIVED IN OUR FILES IN THEIR ORIGINAL, UNMODIFIED FORM.       Under normal circumstances, we would not disclose beforehand what we feel is said in these clips so as not to prejudice anyone’s objective (or even subjective) opinions in any way. In displaying these clips, we have chosen to waive that stipulation, but we encourage any and all thoughts on their content. You are welcome to send those along to BELCOURT CASTLE  Belcourt Castle is a magnificent Gilded-Age mansion located along Bellevue Avenue in the heart of Newport, R.I.. For over 50 years, the house has not only served as a private residence but also a museum and home to the Tinney Family collection of rare artifacts collected from around the world. Belcourt has been both a historical and cultural fixture in the city for over 100 years.         Over a seven month period, RISEUP conducted a host of private and public investigations inside Belcourt. The most ambitious investigative project ever undertaken in this magnificent structure. The following is some of the most interesting audio evidence we gathered over that time period. THE MASTER BEDROOM 4/24/10 EVP      When we first heard this submission by our RISEUP Connecticut group we frankly weren't sure what to make of it. During a session inside the Tinney master bedroom, Gail, Ann and Don recorded this whispered, but extremely clear voice. This is, in our opinion, one of the most fascinating pieces we've heard to date. We think we can state with some certainty what is being said...but why? Are the hand held equipment investigators carry with them misconstrued to be something more sinister than plastic, metal and wiring? Weapons perhaps? We'll let you judge at 0:03. “TAKE THE WEAPONS OFF” VOICE ISOLATED THE MASTER BEDROOM 5/28/10 DISEMBODIED VOICE      We will use different types of stimuli to elicit a response. They could be requests, commands, bangs, or in this case - whistling. Ken DeCosta is inside the Tinney bedroom with members of the TAPS Home Team when they all hear this audible response to Ken's appeal for a sound at 0:04. There was absolute conviction by all parties that this was not mechanical in any way nor originated from any individual, camera or device present.      NOTE: That's Joe Chin from SyFy channel's Ghost Hunters International asking "What was that?" WHISTLING IN THE DARK ORGAN LOFT 6/12/10 EVP      A very astute question we ask ourselves is, "Can all our questions be understood in English?" Conversely, will all responses be in English as well? Another is can energies attach themselves to objects? A place like Belcourt Castle with artifacts from 33 different countries just might be the place to determine the answers and one guest may have inadvertently done that. While in the organ loft, she was conducting an EVP session under our supervision and upon our review we heard this response at 0:06. There are a number of Spanish relics inside the castle and we believe we hear the word 'alama" [ah-lah’-mah], which is Spanish for “gold” or “silver cloth”. That evening the woman was wearing a garish silver jacket. “ALAMA” VOICE ISOLATED THE STABLES  7/24/10 RESIDUAL SOUND      We often leave recorders running unattended in an unoccupied area to ensure of no human vocal contamination as we listen to the location “speak” for itself. In this clip, we do this in the enclosed former horse stables and what we record is similar to what would be heard when a horse is being shod or more simply, some sort of work being performed involving hammering. This, of course, is purely speculative, but it does give one pause to consider at least the possibility of a residual audio event. TAPPING / HAMMERING THE MUSIC ROOM 10/2/10 EVP      RISEUP investigator Chris Blanchette is seeking some type of audible response and turns to old school raps and knocks as an alternative form of communication. He seems to have impressed someone at 0:07. “THAT’S FANTASTIC” VOICE ISOLATED EVP Later in the session, Ken DeCosta asks for one final sign of recognition and at 0:04 receives - perhaps unwittingly - exactly what he asks for. “NO SUCH….LUCK” VOICE ISOLATED THE CHACE-CORY HOUSE   Located in Tiverton, R.I. 4-Corners National Register Historic District. Built in the late 17th or early 18th century. This 3/4 cape with gambrel roof, now owned by the Tiverton Historical Society, was home to whaling captains and their families, descendants of one of the first of twenty seven free men listed as original residents of Tiverton. The house and grounds retain many features original to a Colonial village farm including a corn-crib and wash house.      RISEUP has conducted a number of investigations of this iconic colonial home in our hometown and the results have been surprisingly positive. BEDROOM 1/7/10 EVP Our second investigation of the home was at that point likely the most bizarre evening in the then-short history of the team. We witnessed an old silver spoon seemingly apport from one room to another which will be covered in the video evidence section, but our audio evidence was almost its equal in its oddness. Ken DeCosta was in the lone bedroom on the first floor explaining the presence and purpose of our equipment. At this point a female’s voice was recorded displaying what seems to be an interest in our toys. WHAT’S THIS? VOICE ISOLATED EVP Just a bit later in the same session, Ken is advancing the notion that we are normal people trying to make contact and welcome any messages. Then we record another strange advisement. Ken at this point is standing there holding and occasionally sipping from a water bottle, so perhaps the words, “Drink up” are a bit of a projection on our part. Nonetheless, whatever is said is a bit puzzling. “DRINK UP!” VOICE ISOLATED JOHN WATERMAN ARNOLD HOUSE The John Waterman Arnold House is an historic house at 11 Roger Williams Avenue in Warwick, Rhode Island. Built sometime in the late 18th century, it is a two-story five-bay wood-frame structure with a central chimney, and a two- story ell extending to the rear. It distinctively has a fireplace in its cellar, suggesting this area was once used as a kitchen. In May 1965 The Historical Society took official possession of the house after purchasing it from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Aldrich and Mrs. Harold Scott. In 1972 The Arnold House was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes. SECOND FLOOR 5/14/16 DISEMBODIED VOICE A disembodied voice is one that is audible without any rational point of origin. In this clip, Vin Pacheco is entering a room and opening an old-style latched door leading to the second floor bedroom. A recorder had already been placed there. This female voice was heard audibly by him as he finished the business of setting up for the night. The only other person in the building at that point was Ken DeCosta on the first floor setting up monitors and our audio recording system. This is a “best guess” type of clip, but we think there’s an inquiry made about Vin’s presence. “WHO’S THERE?” VOICE ISOLATED BARRINGTON, RI OFFICE BUILDING      We were contacted by two employees who were working in a professional building that was once a former school and reported some very unusual occurrences in their place of business. Being interested in the paranormal aspect of it, they conducted their own mini-investigations, but upon meeting the group they took the initiative to contact us and set up a night for a visit. That visit turned into a series of sessions that would span the course of over a year. The result was some of the more intriguing and compelling evidence we have gathered to date. The past history of the location remains confidential. It must be emphasized that in each visit to the location, the employees had full access and no other persons were in the building save for us and them. Not even custodial staff were on the premises. OFFICE HALLWAY 3/14/10 DISEMBODIED VOICE Our first visit to the office building consisted of mainly some further background into the location and a walk around to familiarize ourselves with the layout. While walking through one of the ladies’ office areas, we recorded the disembodied voice of a young child who seemed to offer an opinion on the amount of visitors there at the time.  “A LOT OF PEOPLE” VOICE ISOLATED RECEPTION ROOM 4/1/10 EVP On our first actual investigation, we struck gold when we had our recorders running while having a casual conversation with the ladies. They had claimed that a child was on the premises, and this was confirmed by this recording. This is another “best guess” submission “GET OUT” VOICE ISOLATED RECEPTION ROOM 5/8/10 EVP Again, we leave our recorders running in as many rooms as possible, and when all five people present that night move to the glass-enclosed conference room for another casual chat, our recorder left sitting on an end table in the adjacent reception room picks up an adult female voice that for all intents and purposes is speaking almost directly into its microphone. “Best guess” submission. “WHO’S IN HERE?” OFFICE HALLWAY 5/19/10 DISEMBODIED VOICE The investigators placed a hand held camera on a table in the reception room and pointed it down a hallway where they claimed to consistently hear voices, door handles jiggling and occasionally a shadowy form darting about. They sat silently in the glass enclosed conference room. Later, their review of the footage revealed a female voice clearly singing a song somewhere in that area. Though this wasn’t heard in real-time, we are labeling it as a disembodied voice because the decibel level suggests it was indeed audible. SINGING IN SUITE RECEPTION AREA 6/4/10 EVP On this particular visit, every investigator in the building was female. One had brought along a large plastic playground ball as a trigger object to perhaps pique the curiosity of a child if one was indeed present. While sitting on the floor bouncing to ball to each other in the reception room, a recorder picks up the voice of a small child - perhaps a little girl - trying to get their attention. This is a fascinating clip. “HEY” VOICE ISOLATED In that same area, just a few minutes later, the recorder again picks up on the voice of another young female(?) as the game has come to a close. As the ball is taken to the conference room and everyone leaves the reception area, this voice was recorded. “Best guess” submission. “WHO WANTS THIS?”
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