BBC Radio 4 documentary “Out of the Ordinary”
BBC Radio 4 producer Jolyon Jenkins put together a new documentary about EVP and ghost voice recording, for the 2nd episode of his “Out of the Ordinary” series (broadcast today, 25 March 2013). One slight oversight in Jolyon’s commentary was it wasn’t me who heard psychoacoustician Diana Deutsch’s auditory projection demonstration as saying “take me, take me, take me”, it was Scientific American correspondent Shawn Carlson (see “Rorschach Audio” book page 30). Overly romantic mishearings notwithstanding, it’s an excellent programme, featuring an unexpected contribution from former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, starting and ending with (quiet) extracts from the “Rorschach Audio” sound installation, and shedding quite alot of light on the ghost-voice recording technology that was marketed under the name Spiricom (see earlier posts).
Gyles Brandreth seems to have mis-remembered extracts from Konstantin Raudive’s “Breakthrough” demonstration record as having been recorded in his presence, and as being the “voice” of Winston Churchill. Dr Stephen Rorke claims to have tapes which suggest that Spiricom inventor William O’Neill rehearsed the (allegedly spontaneous) conversations that feature in Spiricom demonstration recordings. These rehearsal tapes apparently feature good quality audio, while the promotional tapes feature noisy audio, and the practice of deliberately adding noise to make alleged ghost voice recordings seem less implausible – a practice discussed at some length in the “Rorschach Audio” book – is memorably referred to by Rorke as “audio camouflage”. Stephen Rorke also says William O’Neill was a professional ventriloquist, and reproduces the distinctive Spiricom sound using an electro-larynx or artificial voicebox of the sort apparently owned by William O’Neill.
The full programme is available to listen to here –
Many thanks to Jolyon Jenkins