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Many comments were sent our way about the wondrous benefits of white noise in the paranormal investigative field, and then we read the following:

“Experimenters have found that a background of white noise is conducive to results. Much of the research is aimed at arriving at the right choice of background noise, or vibration. This varies from tuning in to special radio frequencies to letting a water tap run in the room. In this respect it is remarkable that from an independent source enhancing of a signal by non-linear systems noise has been reported. The discovery was made in 1982 by three Italian scientists: Roberto Benzi, Alfonso Sutera and Angelo Vulpiani. In the August 1995 issue of the Scientific American
the phenomenon has been described. It is called stochastic resonance. Best results are obtained by establishing the exact level of white noise. EVP experimenters would benefit
from their taking notice of their conclusions.”
[Quote from: http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/dirvoic3.html]

Well, after months of looking into this, we decided to give it a whirl and figure out if it would work in the actual field. The findings brought us to our knees with praise. Putting white noise into play, the recorders began to pick up things we would never have hoped for. The energies swirled around us, and we could almost imagine a strange party of ghosts flocking towards the source of the sound. They pressed forward onto all the investigators and the photos snapped have some incredible orbs, shapes, shadows … the equipment had readings so strong, almost every temp reader and EMF machine zeroed out and refused to go any further. We believe the white noise carried them towards our team, and the result was an almost over powering feeling of being surrounded by everything out there within ghostly ear shot! But, we discovered, the volume plays a very important key role in the success of this sounds use.

FPI first tested this in our own back yard. I went out at4:30 AM, white noise machine ready to go, EMF and temp reader out. Nothing else present. Just me and some quick testing equipment. The EMF jumped radically once the machine was turned on. The temp reader dropped by about 22 degrees. In general, this little bit of noise really brought ghosts down on my head. I kept the volume turned low, barely audible. Each machine responded with pretty good readings. Slowly turning the volume up, I realized that the sensation of being smothered by the ghosts became so strong, I almost bolted back indoors. Low volume, good. High volume, bad. Got it!

With this bit of wisdom, I sent the white noise machine into the field with the team going over a very old cemetery in these parts. In the breakdown of how to use the machine, my warning to keep the volume low became lost. Unfortunately, the team wound up being forced to leave.
Half of them became ill. It just wasn’t pretty. Even those on our team who are science based investigators admitted to feeling the need to flee rather strongly. On the whole, the evening was a bit too strong for the team’s comfort.

The next investigation with the machine, the volume was kept low and not audible to the human ear in the outdoor environment. The investigation went smoothly, and without a hitch. A good amount of evidence was gathered, and the equipment backed up a good amount of the ‘feelings’ some of the team was getting. So, it brought the activity to the team, but did not over power the team. Once I heard the reports of what had happened, my mind began to wonder, “Now, why would the volume matter so very much?”

With each new location explored, the white noise machine seems to be bringing about a good amount of photos that we had not captured prior, and enhancing the quality of the EVP we are capturing. But why does it do this?

Perhaps the noise is enough to gather their curiosity, but the louder you make it, the more horrible to hear for them? Perhaps the louder it becomes, the more activity it brings your way? For my opinion, I think that keeping the volume very loud is the same irritant to them as playing Metallica at full volume to a senior citizen. Just not pleasant. But really, who’s to say, unless we ask the ghosts. As a general warning to those out there attempting to use the machine … Don’t crank up the volume. Unless you really feel like watching half your team flip out, keep the volume at low levels. Keeping everything as far from out of control as possible should be the priority of any team leader. Just don’t forget to say good-bye when you click off the machine and walk back to your car. After all, dead or alive, manners are universal.