Thursday, July 28, 2005

Arcagency.net

I met with Bro and Anita last night. We went for a beverage at the Only Cafe. I'm very happy that I finally met them.

I put up a webpage for Bro. It will grow.

arcagency.net

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Lake Monster

My family has a cottage on a lake in Ontario. My dad's side of the family has been on this lake for a long time; I'm the fifth generation. We have a cottage on an island four acres in size. It takes about 10 minutes to walk around it on the path. A few years ago Dad and I had a strange experience up there.

One night we're watching "Dr. Strangelove" on video. By the end of the movie my dad and I are the only ones that haven't gone to bed. We start to pack it in for the night. I'm turning the lights out and my dad is out on the deck. The cottage is a short walk uphill from the lake and the deck overlooks the lake. I hear my dad say something about hearing something unusual on the lake and wondering if it's a bunch of ducks or geese flying along the water. I come out onto the deck. Whatever it was has continued around the island and can't be heard any more.

Momentarily we start to hear the sound come around the island again. It sounds like someone kicking their feet in the water but much louder and it's very regular. It's going fast. We look and see what appears to be a wake go through the water. Comparible in size to the wake of our outboard boat. We can't see a boat or anything above the water. It goes by around the island.

I run down to the dock. I grab the spotlight in the boat. Dad follows me down and goes out onto the floating dock that protrudes out into the water. We hear it coming around again. Splasha splasha splasha splasha. It is maybe 20 feet from shore. I shine the spotlight at the sound and follow it. I see a wake and nothing else. It is going by fast. It goes by close to where Dad is standing. He sees the same.

It continues on away from us and at around 150 feet slows down. What appears to be a head emerges from the water. It is dark and we can't see it well. It seems to be an animal head. Dad thinks he may have seen some red on it. I can only compare it to when I have seen an otter swimming in the lake; but this was bigger, and clearly was not an otter judging from it's size and swimming abilities. It swam around in a circle and then continued off in a straight line away out of sight.

It was not a fish or duck or otter. It swam under the water and did laps around the island. It went several times faster than a person could swim, even a person wearing flippers. It had a substantial wake meaning it was large and right under the surface. While there was kicking sound, we couldn't see anything coming above the water. The regularity of the sound suggested a machine, but the appearance of the head suggested an animal. We have been on the lake for generations and have lots of relatives around. We have never heard of any sort of Ogopogo or Lochness Monster legend.

We have not seen anything of it since. We have mentioned it to some people on the lake and no one has seen anything similar. It remains totally unexplained and without a local comparison. I did see some video footage since then from Lochness where there was just a wake going around in the water and it seemed to be of comparible size to this one. When I think of the way it started right as we were coming out of the cabin, did laps around the island, and surfaced when it was still in view but not close enough to be seen clearly, I think it was trying to get our attention.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Shortwave

Last night I tried a recording using my new shortwave radio. I tuned it to static and placed it near the mic. Experienced ITC researchers use shortwave from what I gather. The radio has a speical shortwave antenna that clips onto the regular FM antenna. It's a cord that when unravelled is 7 metres long. I had it going all around my kitchen. During the recording I asked some questions about whether I should use the antenna. On playback, a short vocal sound appeared during a pause in my question. This sound is significant because of where it appeared, and because it is much louder and clearer than the other sounds which have to be "excavated" from the white noise. This sound is as loud as my own voice. I monitored the recording with my headphones at a loud volume, and I didn't hear this during recording, only playback. It's very unlikely that I would have missed a sound that prominent during recording. It seems that they like the antenna. This is a big step forward.

Antenna question with sound
Closeup of sound with more filtering - female "uh huh" twice in the background

Update: The sound occurs between "can you ummm..." and "get your signal in easier". It's deep and a bit frog-like.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

EVP Page

I created a page on my site to catalogue my EVP audio clips. I'll continue to use the blog to document and post new clips.
http://www.subdirector.com/evp.html

The EVP Men's Chorus

Recordings have been continuing successfully, to my joy and amazement.

The next characters to turn up I have dubbed the Men's Chorus. It sounds like a group of men singing in the lower registers, mostly in a sort of traditional operatic style, and sometimes getting a little bit funky. Sometimes there are also higher voices in the choir that sound like women. Actually the very first sound I heard was a choir holding a major chord for a few seconds. It's so faint however I won't bother posting it now. I will give you some clips from a session I did where the men's chorus came through quite clearly, in relative terms.

As always, you might need to loop the clips in order to hear them, and headphones are best.

This one is the most clear. Bro and I think they are saying the word "agent". It may be "agent, you agent". Interesting because Bro refers to members of his agency as Agents. Listen.

Getting a bit funky.

Weird.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Voices from Away

Bro and I have been experimenting with EVP, Electronic Voice Phenomena. Anyone seen the (probably awful) movie White Noise? EVP is getting spirit voices on tape. Learn more about it.

Bro tried for the first time a couple weeks ago with amazing results. He is currently getting the proper equipment so he can transfer the recording from his cassette to his computer. Then we will digitally filter and enhance the recording so the voices are more audible. They are buried in a lot of hiss.

Ignited by Bro's success, I decided to try it. I wasn't surprised that Bro had such good results, since he's already psychic, so this seemed like what he already does, except there was a physical artifact left afterwards. I didn't feel as confident that I would get results. I tried it using my laptop which has a good condenser mic built into it.

It was around 9pm and I opened my audio editor and pressed record. I sat there for a few minutes. I played it back and cranked up the volume. Background hiss gets loud when you crank it up. I listened for a while.

Since I make digital music with samples I am accustomed to listening to the smallest subtleties of sound. I take non-musical sound samples and fashion them into musical pieces. This means I am well suited for EVP since my hearing is fine-tuned; it also means that I could hear something and think it's something it's not.

A couple minutes into playback, I got a shiver. From deep within the hiss I heard something that sounded to me like a choir. I played it back several times, then filtered out some hiss and raised the volume. Still very faint, it sounded like a choir holding a single major chord, with deep bass notes and higher notes.

A minute or so after that, I heard an indistinct female voice. Again, buried under layers of hiss.

I sent both audio clips to Bro. He also seems to be able to hear through the hiss. It's a kind of mental noise reduction. He could hear the choir but did not seem totally convinced it was the real thing. I'm not convinced myself.

He heard the female voice as well, and while no words could be made out, he felt that it was a human voice.

These first few clips are very difficult to hear so I won't bother posting them. Since then, however, I have kept trying and I've got some results that are more obvious. For example, I believe that I've heard from the 50's guys that left me a voice mail message a few years ago (previous post). Here is the clip. Headphones and high volume required. Disable any equalization presets on your mp3 player. Play it over several times. Do you hear the voices? Let me know.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The 50's Guys

A few years ago I got an unusual message on my cell phone's voice mail. I don't remember if the phone rang, or if the message was left while the phone was off. It sounded like a conversation between two men, and the voices were a bit unclear and disjointed. I've always commented on how people in old movies speak differently, the inflection of their speech. These men sounded like they were out of a movie perhaps from the 50's. They mentioned my first and last name, and said something like:

"Who is this guy? Trying to understand human suffering."

I played it to a co-worker who heard the same words I did, and also found the message very strange.

The whole sound of it was as if it was a transmission, perhaps on shortwave radio from far away. And, they knew my name. And I guess the strangest part was that their observation of me was right. I do try to understand human suffering. It's a fundamental question I grapple with always. How do we deal with it? Does it make us stronger? Do we need it? Can it be taken away for good? Should it be?

My inner voice told me that this was not a normal phone message. While I had started to read up on the paranormal on the internet by that point, I had never heard of this type of occurence before, so I had no frame of reference for it. I considered the highly unusual possibility that it could somehow be a message sent from a place other than this plane. I told myself to record it onto tape. It remained archived until the time limit was up, at which point it was automatically deleted. I never recorded it.

Who were these men? Would I hear from them again?

Friday, July 01, 2005

Chef Boyardee

I'm back. I was abducted by aliens who listened to ABBA and served Chef Boyardee to me for 5 days.

I'm working on a long post right now about recent developments.

Bro and Anita might be coming down to Toronto tonight, so we might meet for the first time.