A short chronicle of the VTF association at its 25th anniversary
By Uwe Wagner
|During the founding of VTF on April 27, 1975, EVP research was at its peak on a new branch of parapsychology science. The research of the paranormal tape-recorded voices had broken ground against resistance from all sides. The number of researchers and those with interest had grown considerably that an organized foundation was needed.|
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Mr. Jürgenson presented the phenomenon to the public in 1963, which unleashed a diverse reaction. Though some smiled and made mocking comments, others had taken the subject very seriously. At one point the Swedish broadcasting company had sent their technicians to Mr. Jürgensons house to conduct recordings using their own sealed tapes. They had to convince themselves that this phenomenon is actually possible. The mysterious entities addressed the participants of the recording session by their names. They were alarmed and in awe that something like this is possible.
of EVP research
After the appearance of Jürgenson's book, "Sprechfunk mit Verstorbenen" ("Voice Transmissions With The Deceased"), accompanied by a record album of voice examples, Raudive published his own book "Unhörbares wird hörbar" ("Inaudible becomes audible"), likewise with a record album as demonstration one year later in 1968. This book differed quite substantially from that of the discoverer. It essentially consists of an account of the recording proceedings, but also some statements of scientific coworkers, among them Professor Alex Schneider of Switzerland, who took part in Raudive's experiments with sincere commitment. Perhaps this was the reason his book found its way to England, which resulted in its translation to English ("Breakthrough") and consequent publishing. The publishers however insisted that Mr. Raudive travel to England and conduct his experiments under strict testing conditions. Only with success will the book be released.
confirm the existence
of this phenomenon
|This is how Raudive came to England, once in 1969 then again in 1971 (see Peter Stein: Die vergessene Sternstunde - Konstantin Raudive in London 1971 ("The forgotten great moment - Konstantine Raudive in London 1971") [P73, 4/93]). Remarkably the experiment conducted there were in shielded rooms using only a microphone, which included an experiment with a Faraday cage. All experiments yielded paranormal voices that could not be explained in a conventional way. Again the voices identified themselves as the deceased and that they wish to be noticed. The experiments made under extreme difficult conditions testified to the existence of a new paranormal phenomenon, that could no more be denied. Nevertheless, for diverse reasons the British could not warm up to the further studies of these voices. Mainly, it was the denial of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) that refused to follow its spiritual interpretation. In addition Raudives voices were rejected because the statements were short and of little sense.|
|EVP research in the|
They were all lively and resourceful, especially the Viennese engineer Franz Seidl didn't just think how to improve the recording of the paranormal voices but was also tinkering with constructions. His Psychofon was one of the first in the technical field. This device was based on the already developed radio method from Jürgenson. It was a wideband receiver that projected a mix of radio stations from which voices could be formed.
of an association
The point and purpose in the establishment of the association was to unite the EVP experimenters under one roof. In addition the possibility should be created to facilitating a lively exchange of experiences and opinions amongst themselves. The newsletter "VTF-Post" was a suitable forum to serve this goal with articles and experience reports. Various international contacts between EVP researchers in different countries already existed at the time of the establishment of the association. Much input came especially from Austria, like from engineer Franz Seidl. In addition individual researchers and research groups from other countries started to voice themselves. Particularly intensive contacts existed with the Italian colleagues, who had organized an international convention on EVP research in 1973.
The most important forum of the VTF has been and still is the annual conventions that have been held regularly since 1976. Friedrich Jürgenson became a VTF member during the first annual convention in Koblenz in 1976. These conventions served for both, the exchange of experiences and presenting EVP research to the public. Here the newest technical developments were presented, examples of recorded voices from different experimenters were demonstrated, and later also lectures for further education were offered to persons with esoteric interests.
and the public
The interest in the paranormal voices on tape, and the hope of proof of life after death had wakened a broad social class with impact. Many people wanted to convince themselves of its existence by doing their own experiments and turned to the VTF for guidance.
|Highs and lows||
The research of the Electronic Voice Phenomenon
flourished within the VTF in the early 1980's. Many
hoped for a technical breakthrough that would once and
for all bring undisputed evidence of the authenticity
of this phenomenon and authenticate the spiritual
interpretation of these voices. Here now is where the
opinions soon were divided, and the EVP research was split.
Other organizations developed,
believing that they have found improved and more
effective ways to contact the other world. The VTF
remained with the methods and techniques used so far,
rather placing emphasis on the improvement of existing sound filtration
possibilities and the creation of preserved raw material,
which the spirits could use to transform
into their audible voices.
The VTF under guidance of Fidelio Köberle, fought through some quite difficult years. The esoteric boom with it's various offerings and supplies allowed many to explore other paths, by which they thought would give them more and varied information about the different levels of existence. For example, "channeling", a modern form of mediumism, which is supposed to have resulted in lengthy, detailed messages. The VTF didn't look to good with their short sentences, for which in order to understand, you needed to exercise perseverance and patience.
Despite all, the harden core of the VTF did not give
up. One persisted on the fact that the announcements
were recorded on an incorruptible tape recorder that
could not have been manipulated by humans, which could
empirically be examined. Eventually, modern times arrived
at the VTF. The possibility was discovered to
improve the audibility of computer voices by using
sound processing programs. Even if the filter method was not
always undisputed within the association, a way was
pointed out nevertheless for the first time that may
improve the evidence of the EVP voices.
Theo Bleitgen, a technician in radio and television broadcasting, was the first to tackle this new revelation. He was also instructed to oversee the construction of the new research facility in Wiesbaden. Here was not only technical research to be conducted but also a meeting place was to develop, where anyone interested in EVP research could exchange their experiences and their thoughts.
|Outlook...||Thus, for many humans EVP research has still not lost its attraction even after a good 40 years. Many people are still tracking the voices and working hard in hopes to get a little closer to the solution of this phenomenon. Perhaps the new research center will attract one or the other scientist that may want to get an idea of this matter and perhaps engage in research, because without specialists we can hardly completely explain the origins of these voices.|