Some more audio anomalies from Wellington. In most cases, while these are interesting sounds, there is almost always a logical explanation, which is why I didn’t post them in my original post.
When reviewing audio evidence (especially when a number of people are present and there is the constant presence of wild life and bugs), it is often easy to think that something someone in your party who is away from the recorder is an EVP. Where I’ve found the same sound on another recorder, I’ve indicated it. Otherwise, I suspect a lot of these are birds, bugs and other natural things. Where there is a potential logical explanation, it can’t be called an EVP. That is what all of these are – interesting anomalies with potential logical explanations.
I’ll post my possible explanations – what do you think?
1. My suspicion is that this is one of the kids – although none remember saying it. It is a strange sounding voice, but it is quite clear, which is why I suspect it is a kiddo. Since I can’t rule the kids out, I can’t call it fully unexplained or anomalous. I did catch – albeit it more faintly – on one of the other recorders being carried by the kid I suspect it of being.
Update: I’m pretty sure this is Matthew, so it has been ruled out.
2. This one is weird. I am not a fan of whispers, however, because I feel that a number of things can be misinterpreted as a whisper. Bugs. The wind. A person sighing. This was captured on the Olympus DS-40, which was sitting right next to me. It could be me – although it wasn’t captured on any of the other recorders that were running at the time, including the H4 hi-def recorder.
3. I suspect a bug on this one. The place was very buggy – lots of skeeters. I wonder if a mosquito really close to the microphone on the DS-40 produced this squeal.
Update: Lots of mosquitos. I caught a sound of a mosquito and it sounded suspiciously like this.
4. Because this one is so very faint (you’ll need headphones to hear it), I suspect that it may be a bird or a bug. It was captured on the H4, which has a directional microphone. Makes me wonder if something away from the direction of the microphones might have made this sound.
5. Another very faint one, captured on the H4. You’ll need headphones for sure. As I said before, not a fan of whispers for EVPs because there could be so many other things that cause it. That is why this one leaves me suspicious.
6. A baby babble? Hard to know. Kevin is talking in the beginning, then comes the babble, my voice and then Tanner. Who knows what this one is? There was one infant who died in the avalanche. I just can’t imagine an infant hanging about as a ghost -but what do I know. This just isn’t specific enough for me to count it as something. I almost wonder if it is something Kevin was saying that got distorted – although it does sound closer to the microphone than Kevin’s voice.
Update: I am still pretty certain that this is a distortion of Kevin talking.
7. This is very faint and will require headphones. It happened the very first second that Tanner turned on his Olympus recorder – which was a WS-300M. It isn’t clear enough to know what it is, which makes me wonder if it is a bird. It is in the very same location that I captured the one EVP I really couldn’t explain the last time we were at Wellington.
Update: This one remains a mystery.
8. Also captured on the WS-300M (Olympus), you can hear a high voice humming the first line of Mary Had a Little Lamb. At the time, only Jim and Kevin were present, and they were recording the little toy train we’d brought. There was video and other recorders present. None picked up the humming except for this one.
9. Someone said my name. But it could be one of the kids. Three of them weren’t mine and call me by my name. This was captured on the Olympus WS-300M.
Update: I think that this was Mackenzie talking to one of the other kids about me.
10. This is from the talker box. I think it is too easy to audio matrix on the talker box, which makes me wonder if when I hear “not Italian” it is merely audio matrixing.
11. This little snippet, recorded on the WS-300M, could be a bird or a bug. The reason I found it interesting is because Tanner was poked at the same time the sound was recorded.
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