Mark L. Cowden is the audio-visual technician who recorded what is believed to be the first ever documented case of a live, two-way conversation with the spirit world. In early 2010, at an apparently haunted hotel in Northern Ireland, Mark was part of a small team of people who were filming a television documentary series about ghost stories when something incredible happened. While a medium and a psychic investigator sat on a bed in the next room and attempted to contact the spirit of a ghost in the hotel, Mark was able to record not only the medium's side of the conversation—and her report of the responses she was receiving from the spirit—but the spirit's replies directly as well! With camera's rolling, an independent television crew documented the whole process. Not only is this believed to be the first time anybody has ever managed to record a whole conversation between this world and the next, it was also a first for television. SPIRIT VOICES documents Mark's work in the field of paranormal forensics and details the technology and methods he developed to achieve such ground-breaking results. See the video at Anomalist Books for a video peak at "the conversation."
Mark L. Cowden
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The pioneers of EVP research include Jurgenson, Raudive, Macy and Estep, among others. To this list we may now add Mark L. Cowden, former Oklahoman now resident of Northern Ireland. His 'Spirit Voices' is perhaps the most exciting book on psychical research and EVP I have read in some time, culminating in what may be the most groundbreaking event in EVP research. The actual real time capture of a conversational exchange caught on video as well as audio tape of questions and answers between investigators and disembodied entities in an alleged haunted hotel in Northern Ireland.
This conversation is the denouement of the book, but prior to that Cowden shares with us in a warm, engaging and open style his journey from electronic specialist to paranormal investigator. Along the way he shares his inner development in embracing this quest for evidence of after death survival, providing a chapter 'A Moral Dilemma' in which he provides sound arguments for those seeking to...
This book is about one man's journey into evp's, paranormal investigation, and learning to record both a medium's and spirit's communication together in one recording. It is an easy read, on the short side and can easily be finished in two nights bed reading, entertaining, perhaps even helpful if you are new to ghost hunting or paranormal investigation. I found it interesting to read one person's experiences (especially the spooky ones) into this field, especially when that was not his primary objective or interest to begin with.
This is not a how-to book. He does not share his knowledge on what he used or what you need to have in order to be able to record evp's like he has. I found that rather disappointing.
He claims that his journey and work is for the "greater good of mankind", repeatedly throughout the book to the point of almost being annoying, but then doesn't share everything he has learned along the way of paranormal investigation and the other side of...
Cowden's book is something that isn't seen very often in these circles--a well-written, un-sensationalistic tome about his own experiences with the 'Other Side' and how he managed to not only accept what was happening, but to try and advance the parapsychological field.
To wit--as an AV engineer and expert, he was hired to a Northern Ireland firm that just happened to have its offices in a haunted mill. His experiences there led him into paranormal investigation. Of particular note are his code of ethics (no house calls, historical sites only) and his determination to balance the purely spiritual side of paranormal investigation with the technological side...even though his working background lies much more in technology.
For all that, it's an astonishingly personal tome--one man's experiences and how he feels they can relate to the field as a whole. This is no overview of EVP work, or of a particular group's investigations--this is Mark Cowden's journey...
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