In this fourth article of a mini-series dedicated to some aspects of Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC), I would like to talk about the initial results (many would say non results…) of my own research in this field.
You will remember from the previous article that I have been a passionate radio amateur for over 40 years. I believe that the technical knowledge and experience gathered in exploring – through my hobby – frontier aspects of radio communications, combined with my interest in psychical research, would put me in an almost ideal position to experiment with ITC. So, about three months ago I set out to do some tests.
Following the established good practices in this field, I decided to dedicate half an hour to my experiments every day, and to do it at the same time, just after lunch. This – we are told – is a way to let potential communicators on the other side know that there is a daily window of opportunity. For several weeks, I experimented with a variety of setups looking for examples of either electronic voice phenomena (utterances that appear on a recording after the experiment) or direct radio voices (utterance which are heard from a radio receiver during the experiment and are also recorded).
Let me say right away that I did not get any of these, at least nothing past what would be classified in ITC as a “class c” recording. I don’t consider this negative result as very meaningful, as I only experimented for a couple of months, whilst it is well known that to even begin to produce good results one has to keep at it, with regularity, for much longer. I therefore plan to resume my experiments soon.
However, right from the beginning, I encountered a most puzzling anomaly. A persistent and – to the best of my knowledge – inexplicable effect. I call it persistent because, in order to make it go away (or at least to have indications on its possible origin) I used a variety of technical setups. And going away, this weak but definitely present anomaly did not. Let me explain, apologising in advance if things get a little technical.
Following, again, the established technical recommendations for ITC experiments, I began by using one of my professional-grade radio receivers – disconnected from any antenna – tuned to the frequency of 29 megacycles (as in the case of the famous book “The Ghost of 29 Megacycles”…). A receiver not connected to any antenna cannot pick up any radio signal (except a very strong one, produced locally). Therefore I used the receiver as source of “white noise”, for we are told that discarnate communicators use this noise as a background to produce their utterances. In the initial experiments I placed a microphone close to the receiver’s loudspeaker, and recorded the white noise for three or four minutes, using a professional soundcard connected to my computer. As expected, during the recording itself, all I could hear was the loud “shhhh” sound produced by the receiver.
Then, I listened to what had been recorded during the experiment. To make sure that I did not miss anything, I divided my recording in sections of three or four seconds each, and listened to each “chunk” several times. If I could not hear anything at all, I would delete the chunk and move to the next one, until I reached the end of the recording.
It is with this method that, with my utter surprise, I begun identifying “patterns” in the white noise which should quite simply not be there. White noise is like white light – a summation of all possible audio frequencies. In the absence of a signal, you expect white noise to be completely homogeneous, to have no irregularities at all. But, alas, in roughly one “chunk” of my recordings in ten, “something” appeared. This means, for instance, that a three minute recording session would produce maybe ten or twelve “chunks” of four seconds in which something out of the ordinary was there.
How to describe these irregularities? Very, very difficult. First of all, they are faint. In most cases, they only become apparent after listening to the “chunk” on a loop for several times. But, once your auditory system “locks in”, they become unmissable. I’ve had my wife, as well as a friend, listen to many of these to make sure I was not having auditory hallucinations, and they confirmed that “something” was definitely there. In the next and final article I will post some of the recordings, so you will be able to tell for yourself.
Secondly, most of them have a rhythm, a pattern. You will certainly have heard somebody who’s lost the use of their voice box and talks through a vibrating mechanical device they put on their throat. In my tests, imagine the white noise produced by the radio briefly and faintly taking on the character of that particular, vibrating speech sound. The length? Very short, as ever in ITC. A short “irregularity” may sound like “Hey, Joe”. A long one may sound like “I’ve been eating bananas.” (Not suggesting any meaning – just to give you an idea of the length and cadence). This is in itself is really puzzling. Not only these irregularities should not be there at all, but the constant short duration (never more than, say, three seconds) and the clear, identifiable pattern and cadence (often mimicking the rhythm of human speech) is a weird coincidence.
Thirdly, these patterns are sometimes repeated after a few seconds, only once, and in almost – but not quite – exactly the same shape. However, they are never repeated more than once or from one day to the next. This is important, because one of my first explanations was that these could be noise from an electrical device (such as a fridge), propagated through the mains and somehow recorded by my setup. If that was the case, however, either the patterns should never repeat or – most likely – they should repeat all the time.
Fourthly, a few of these irregularities are actually sounds. In these cases, it is not a distinct pattern in the noise – but rather an actual sound, like, for instance, a bird chirping. No music whatsoever.
Now, before we go any further, let me tell you that, after a while, some of the “noise irregularities” started to have a clear meaning to me. I do not, repeat do not, claim that these are messages from discarnates. I believe that the most likely explanation is what is technically known as “pareidolia”, a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. But I cannot help making an interesting remark. I am a bit special person when it comes to languages: I speak and write mother tongue-level Italian, English and French, and I am fluent in Portuguese. During the last 25 years, either at home, at work or in my social interactions, I have only ever spoken either English or French, and I have spoken Portuguese more often than I spoke Italian. Yet, the “anomalies” in the noise definitely have an Italian rhythm and cadence to my ears…. One in particular that I remember now seemed to say “G Marconi”, as in Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio.
Next time, I will describe my unsuccessful attempts to make this irregularities go away by using different setups and eliminating possible causes. You will also get to hear some of the samples themselves.