Analyst / Investigator for Normal Paranormal
(with additional contribution by Justin Bamforth)
EVP's are easily the most believable piece of evidence for me, beyond personal experiences which one may or may not be able to capture. After listening to Marillion's conceptual album Brave (written about a teenager who commits suicide by jumping off a bridge and allegedly recorded in a haunted estate) it left me wondering if there have been accounts of paranormal clamor unknowingly finding its way onto music or film. Though this album has been said to have ambient elements of a ghostly kind, no actual EVP's have been documented.
I've scoured all over trying to find movies and music with accounts of unknown sounds / voices to no avail. Surely with the amount of artists in the world pressing the record button on their devices, something has to show up outside our circle of premeditated investigation.
Of course, the usual suspects from the hanging munchkin in the Wizard of Oz to the ghost boy from Three Men and a Baby always show up…both having been debunked for some time. But where are the rest?
We may spend hours closely listening to our recorded investigations hoping to catch a voice unfamiliar to our own, but I'd imagine even when someone is not thoroughly looking for the unexpected, that is when the unexpected appears.
Still, just calling your album Ghosts (NIN) is not enough to provoke the supernatural, but come on, there has to be something on there at least! Or, what about the countless number of films within the horror genre related to haunted this-and-thats?
Sure, there are mentions of strange events, like the mysterious unrecorded parts in The High Dials album, "Anthems for Doomed Youth" for instance.
Or the bizarre happenings around Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum haunted by the ghost of a decapitated man in the recording studio.
Or stranger yet, when The Mars Volta continued recording "The Bedlam in Goliath" in spite of a curse.
And let's not forget about the eerie stories that center around Rick Rubin's infamous recording studio "The Mansion" where the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers had their own interesting encounters along with this peculiar photo.
Rubin's place has seen the likes of many other rock acts experience strange things as they use the facility to lay down their tracks too.
And speaking of haunted studios, there is also Loud Palace Recording Studio which has had its own collection of unusual occurrences.
But where are the definitive words whispered by an unidentified voice? Something clear on a record that is unmistakable that we can all reference and be like, "oh snap, there it is!"
Going back to movies for a minute, all I can find are the curses (like in Poltergeist) related to the movies themselves rather than the unaccounted for extras appearing as shadows in the background not created with CGI (boom operators exempt).
As you are finding, there are more questions than evidence here and surely there are those of you who are far more knowledgable than I am. But I'm still curious and intrigued after my initial investigations into this subject, so please…do share!
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