Updated: Nov 24, 2020
When it comes to EVP communication or electronic voice phenomenon, most of those interested in the paranormal world have heard of it in one fashion or another. Today we are going to tell you a bit more about the history of it, how it works, and one device that you may not have heard of, Frank's Box.
Between the 1840s-1940s the spiritualist religious movement spurred the push for ways to contact the dead with mediums and the use of newly developed technology.
American photographer Attila von Szalay was one of the first to try recording the voices of the dead as a way to augment his investigations in photographing ghosts. He began his attempts in 1941 using a 78-rpm record, but it wasn't until 1956 after switching to a reel-to-reel tape recorder that he believed he was successful.
He continued his work with Raymon Bayless, conducting a number of recording sessions in a home-made apparatus, which housed a microphone in an insulated cabinet connected to an external recording device and speaker. Szalay reported finding many sounds on the tape that did not come through the speaker at the time of recording.
Another pioneer of EVP exploration and science was Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist, who had worked in conjunction with Friedrich Jürgenson, they made over 100,000 recordings which he described as being communications with discarnate people.
The growth of exploring ways to capture EVPs continues into today.
How it works
Instrumental Trans-dimensional Communication (ITC) refers to the use of electronic devices
such as tape recorders, fax machines, television sets, and computers to attempt to contact spirits and nonhuman entities.
These are usually standard machines used in nonstandard ways to collect “paranormal” images and sounds.
Auditory data is the most common type of ITC known as EVP. EVP are sounds or communications found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit or non-human voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded.
Unlike the machines listed above that are built with more orthodox purposes in mind, the Frank’s Box is designed specifically to capture EVP.
It was invented by amateur radio enthusiast Frank Sumption, in 2002 who was inspired by a “How To” hobby article about recording EVP that appeared in the now-defunct Popular Electronics magazine.
Frank believed he received design instructions from the spirit world to find the article and built a radio receiver that reputedly facilitates real-time communication between the living and the dead, not to mention extraterrestrials, angels, spirits, and assorted entities from other dimensions.
How it works
The Frank’s Box is a homemade radio frequency receiver. However, this radio is not designed to find your favorite radio station; it’s built to be broken.
The scan-lock mechanism is disabled on this “radio.” Therefore, the machine continuously scans radio frequencies at a predetermined rate. By twisting the knob on a radio backwards and forwards quickly, it produces random noise. This “sweep method” creates an un-tunable radio of erratic white noise.
The rushing sound of unused frequencies is punctuated by mostly unintelligible fragments of speech or music when the scanner momentarily picks up a station. It is Sumption’s belief that “spirits” and other entities from beyond manifest in an “echo chamber” built into the unit and harness the random signals to create messages intended for the mortal listener.
It is believed that since radio stations provide the fodder for any “speech” heard, it is claimed that the “entities” are controlling the airways in general, on the off chance that a human is using a Frank’s Box through which “they” can communicate.
Frank did not commercially produce the boxes. In fact, he only produced 180 boxes in total.
Frank often communicated with a collective group called "The Others" whom he believed were extraterrestrials from another world.
In 2014 Frank passed away. The Others had referred to him as a princess from another world inhabiting his body and often told him through the box communications, they were coming to get their princess back.