Reverse Speech and Electronic Voice Phenomena
My interest in EVPs, Electronic Voice Phenomena, or Instrumental
TransCommunication (ITC) as it is now known, is quite recent.
Last year we experienced some odd activity at night in our
kitchen and so I looked into the various means of not just
dealing with it but recording it also. Following guidelines
given to me by helpful members of the ghost hunting community
worldwide – and armed with a whole bucketful of warnings – I set
about attempting to capture our nocturnal visitor with a 35mm
camera and a noise-activated Dictaphone (as I had no wish to
fork out a vast quantity of money on ‘official’ ghost hunting
merchandise). Secure that the cause of the noise and movement
was not some rodent, and following Sherlock Holmes’ advice that
“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however
improbable, must be the truth.”
about getting proof that we did indeed have some non-mortal
guest. I had visions of producing material that would be a
contender for a ‘White Noise’ sequel.
photography in the dark resulted in my aging camera producing a
roll of ruined film; so ruined in fact that I threw away the
camera in disgust and bought a new, digital one. The
noise-activated Dictaphone went from me saying the time that I
had set it up to the sound of my sons screaming and running
around as they got ready for school – some seven hours later. To
summarize, after several attempts I managed to record absolutely
zip. This is not to say that I have given up the idea that EVPs
are plausible entirely, far from it. The area in which I live is
filled with the settings of death and carnage resulting from
multiple wars throughout the ages and the local Slavs and Poles
mark every road accident death with fresh flowers and crosses so
the highways are teeming with possibilities. I just haven’t got
around to pursuing that ghoulish activity yet.
passed and I concerned myself with other things – specifically
my new books – and I forgot all about EVP.
the other night when at 12:04 precisely I heard a noise that
would send most people quaking.
skeptic in me instantly dismissed the sound in the most logical
way possible – a mouse with a bullhorn using a voice
quaking, I decided to look for other possibilities.
a day sifting through various sites on EVP – especially large
resources such as the American Association of Electronic Voice
Phenomena, various paranormal chat rooms and groups – and
hearing everything from plausible Class A types (you can
actually hear a voice and understand what it’s saying) to
unrecognizable sounds which have the remarkable appearance of
being nothing more than static (‘Orbs’ of the audio world) – I
was pointed in the direction of another type of recording
reason for this change in direction was that the sound I had
heard bore a striking resemblance to a phrase spoken backwards,
almost metallically, and thus this led to me delving into the
realms of Reverse Speech (thanks to the advice of my
the world of Reverse Speech stretches from the possible to the
outright lunatic, but it was a field of esotericism I had never
explored before and as it appeared, at first glance, to give
access to the Unconscious (the use and access of which being my
primary area of interest), I got stuck in.
initial exploration, following Ceara’s advice, was that of Peggy
Kane’s work. For those of you who don’t know who Peggy Kane is,
don’t worry, you don’t need to as she’s no longer in this realm
and has gone to join her alien colleagues in their travels
throughout the galaxy. Using the same methods of other Reverse
Speech analysts, she came to the conclusion (along with Sherry
Shiner) that the Annunaki Reptilian aliens from Planet X are
about to bring about Doomsday. Last May. You can view her
goodbye speech here:
goodbye to the world.
Quickly moving along from Von Daniken meets the Marx brothers, I
took my advisor’s advice and read up on David Oates, the
Australian who owns the copyright to Reverse Speech technology.
His site - http://reversespeech.s3.amazonaws.com/ - holds an enormous and
diverse selection of examples of Reverse Speech. Covering
everything from Coast to Coast interviews, to Presidential
Inaugural Speeches to NASA cover ups concerning Mars and just
what’s on the planet, it appeared to be exactly what I was
looking for. So much so in fact that I almost started typing out
my credit card details for the special Reverse Speech TM
technology advertised on their equipment website,
Luckily my wife has a distinct aversion to the spending of any
money whatsoever – especially when it comes to my peculiar
interests. Instead of handing over several hundred dollars for a
cassette recorder and reverse speech software, plus several
thousand dollars for the analyst’s course, I instead decided to
attempt to recreate the findings myself using good old
tight-fisted spend-thriftness along with lashings of
Surprisingly, it worked and, after a few hours of downloading
and experimentation, I could recreate the same results having
spent the sum total of nothing. For those of you who are also
interested in attempting Reverse Speech analysis, this is what
you will need:
microphone (connected to the computer)
editing software (Audacity is what I am using as it is freeware
and I find it better than many of the expensive versions, plus
it’s a lot easier to use for someone like me who has absolutely
zero experience in audio editing)
sound player (RealPlayer is probably your best bet and offers a
freeware version – you’ll also need RealPlayer to listen to the
Reverse Speech examples on David Oates’ site, plus the Codec
that it asks you install automatically)
with these, we may begin.
stated earlier in the article, my interest lies in accessing the
Unconscious – specifically, The Jungian Shadow. According to the
blurb on the Reverse Speech site, when one speaks, one does so
on two levels: forward speech is what you consciously want to
say, and can be deliberately distorted (a lie or ‘spin’) or
missing vital facts. Simultaneously to one speaking forward, the
brain somehow corrects itself – and the forward message – by
imprinting, in reverse, the truth or omitted facts or what the
speaker is currently thinking about. The Unconscious adds to the
discussion. Called the 7th Sense, Reverse Speech has amazing
possibilities in the field of psychological and psychiatric
treatment as it would mean access to a schizophrenic or autistic
mind directly in order to learn just what is going on behind the
warped Conscious veil. As a means of screening job applicants in
interviews, or as a method of lie detection in law enforcement
or witness testimony, it would be ground breaking.
Concerning myself with child psychology to start with, as that
would be the most useful application for my family, I attempted
an experiment with my sons.
of the biggest questions I had was would Reverse Speech work in
any language? The biggest turn-off on Oates’ site was that
Arabic speakers such as Colonel Gadafhi gave their Reverse
messages in English. Oates justifies this by stating that they
were speaking English in Press Conferences, etc, Reverse Speech
accesses higher brain functions and therefore also works in
English. My wife, a Slovak Child Psychologist, pooh-poohed that
one straight off so I attempted to interview my children, whose
mother tongue is Slovak.
result was astounding.
asked my 5 year old to describe his family, while recording his
speech directly onto the computer. As was expected he talked a
little about each member and their most relevant attributes in
terms of a 5 year old’s perception. Daddy was big and 32 years
old, Mummy was pretty and works a lot, brother fights with him
all the time, baby cries a lot. In reverse however, an
astonishing thing occurred. Seen as ‘waves’, each section of
speech is like an island with gaps between sentences. The
sentence ‘daddy is big and is 32 years old’ was followed by a
distinct gap and then ‘mummy is pretty and works a lot’. In the
speech island, the spiky audio wave cluster, for the ‘daddy’
sentence – very clearly but at a much faster tempo than the
surrounding reversed sounds – is:
“mama, pekny, mama” (mummy, pretty, mummy)
describing me he had been thinking about what to say about his
stunned and amazed. Lacking further subjects to experiment on
(baby gibberish is gibberish whether forward or reverse), I
tried it on myself. Given the more ‘out there’ implications of
reverse speech – that as prophetic rather than quasi-scientific
– I recorded myself reading the first two lines of the Sophia
Bestiae – The Wisdom of The Beast. In the second sentence I
“Seize the Earth, see their Seer”
soundbite, along with the forward original, may be listened to
beginning of the second sentence:
is the segment fragment played normally:
here is what you hear in reverse (slowed down a tad and pitch
Further experimentation has shown that Reverse Speech occurs
quite regularly. The best way to look for it is thus:
a new project in Audacity, try to ask yourself some prying
question and then record the paragraph-sized answer via
microphone. Select all and then reverse it. Choose one of the
‘spiky islands’ – you’ll know what I mean when you see your
voice as soundwaves, copy it and then paste it in a new file.
Select all and change speed to minus 20 or 30. Listen to it
again. Keep changing speed or pitch until you can hear words.
You’ll find words hidden in the tiniest gaps between one letter
and another. If, after playing with that one ‘island’ for a
while you still get nothing, close it and try another.
Eventually, and I guarantee it, you’ll hear something.
a scientific point of view, however, I am uncertain whether this
playing with pitch and tempo is not in fact creating words
rather than discovering them. To date, my son’s ‘mama, pekny,
mama’ is the clearest and rawest I have found personally and has
encouraged me to continue experimenting.
word of warning though – you really don’t want to be doing this
alone at night in a dark room. You really, really don’t.
Edward O’Toole, Slovakia, July 2006 – Non Serviam
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