American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena
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American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) was founded by Sarah Estep in 1982 “to provide objective evidence that we survive death in an individual conscious state.” Estep published a quarterly newsletter that contained ideas on experiments and equipment and reported on developments in electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and instrumental transcommunication (ITC). She authored a book on her personal experiences, titled Voices of Eternity (1988).
Members of AA-EVP experiment with a wide variety of devices, testing different concepts. These include radios, telephones, tape recorders, video equipment, computers, still cameras, and answering machines. They maintain that the spirits of the dead can, and have, communicated through all of these devices. Estep rates the voices at three levels. Class A are clear, can be duplicated onto other tapes, and can even be heard without headphones. Class B can sometimes be heard without headphones but are not as clear and constant as Class A. Class C are very faint and can easily be overlooked, often being lost in background sound.
The association stresses that any “objective evidence” must be based on good science. Consequently the members take great care to maintain an objective view of the phenomena and to thoroughly examine all possible explanations to ensure that any messages are truly nonphysical in origin.
After running AA-EVP for eighteen years, Estep handed over leadership to Lisa and Tom Butler, who have developed and expanded the association. Pioneers instrumental in leading Sarah Estep to create the society include Friedrich Jürgenson, Konstantin Raudive, Franz Seidl, Scott Rogo, Raymond Bayless, Klaus Schreiber, and others.