Recently, group member Mike
aquired a new piece of equipment, an Olympus 2100PC Digital
Audio Recorder. He decided to test the equipment, leaving
it running overnight downstairs in his living room as the
rest of the family were asleep upstairs mostly to check out
the recording time and quality that the device offered. Also
in the room was the family dog, but she was in her bed all
locked in (the audio recorder picked up on the noises she
made shuffling or moving during both nights, but these were
The first test was very positive
and, surprisingly, a small number of unusual sounds were recorded,
but because the conditions that the recorder was left in was
not strictly controlled they cannot be considered as hard
However, on the second night,
Mike decided to try an experiment. When the recorder was set
up again he spoke out, asking that if any spirits were indeed
in the area then could they do their best to say the word
'honeysuckle' into the recorder. Now, Honeysuckle is an unusual
word. It's length means that it couldn't be mistaken for a
simple one syllable noise and it isn't a word that you'd hear
on a radio station. It's also complicated with four syllables,
all four of which with its own individual sound - Huh:Nee:Suh:Kel.
The possibilities of four random noises being created one
right after the other, each creating these sounds and in this
order are slim, nigh on impossible.
So, imagine Mike's surprise
when he checked over the recording the next day and caught
the following audio. The first part is Mike (apologies for
the accent!) as he asks out to anyone there to say the word
'Honeysuckle'. The next audio segment on the clip is a section
of the audio recorded later that night. Then, after that,
the same small clip but with the volume enhanced. This is
the only thing that has been done to the recording - no filters
or anything have been applied to this.
The sound recorded does, in
our opinion, sound a lot like the word 'Honeysuckle' and sounds
like it's being said in a female voice. The sound captured
contains four distinguishable syllables, the first being a
'Huh' sound, the second being a little hard to make out, the
third having a definite 'Ss' beginning and the last with a
The following are possibilities
of what may have caused this sound...
The brain making order
out of chaos
Out of all the possibilities this is the most probable explaination,
that a rational sound has been recorded (such as a car going
by outside or movement from upstairs), but the way it's been
captured by the microphone has made it sound like the word
I requested. However, although such monotonous sounds are
common, the chance of them forming the appropiate syllables
in the right orders directly one after the other is pretty
slim, nigh on impossible. However, that is of course assuming
that the sound is an amalgamation of different noises. Listening
to it, it is much more probable that it is just the one sound
that has been misinterpreted as the word 'Honeysuckle'.
Saying that, however, 'honeysuckle'
was a word chosen to try and eliminate this particular possibility.
It is a complex word with individual sounding syllables that
an indistinct noise would be very difficult, if not impossible
Perhaps it doesn't sound much
like Honeysuckle at all - perhaps it's just an indistinct
noise that the brain has interpreted as that particular word
because we've told the brain that that's what it's looking
to find? The brain is celever at doing that. It hates
chaos - it cannot interpret it. So, what it does it take chaos
and actually adds to it, fills in the blanks, in order to
create order. That sound could just be chaos which the brain
has added to too create order.
This is always a possibility, that a stray radio signal has
somehow been picked up by the recorder and captured something
that was, or at least sounded like, the word 'honeysuckle'.
The problems with this theory however is that, mainly, the
DAT does not have any appropiate technology whatsoever for
picking up and converting radio signals into an audible sound,
let alone recording it. Also, if it was a stray radio wave,
what is the the likelihood that the word (or sound) 'honeysuckle'
would be said at all, let alone at the precise time that the
recorder picked it up?
The location that the recorder was left in was in a room with
double glazing, the room door was closed and the house's general
location is in a quiet, secluded part of town. Traffic is
very rare during the day, let alone the night and of the very
few people that walk outside on the during during the night
hours, none were heard during the night that the recorder
This is an impossible possibility but since there's always
the chance then it has been listed here. Although the experiment
conditions were quick relaxed, the only people who were in
the location at the time was Mike, his parents and the family
dog. All main doors were locked and no other unusual sounds
were captured. Everybody was asleep at the time and I personally
stayed up for a period of time so I can vouch that nobody
was downstairs at the time the sound was recorded.
As Sherlock Holmes once said, "When you have
excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth." Yes, the likelihood that a spirit
has crossed the realm to come and tell us the word 'Honeysuckle'
is, in a scientific sense, impossible, but then what is the
point of doing such experiments if we take that line of thought?
The question was directed to any spirit that was there at
the time, and such a reply was seemingly given back so there
is the possibility, however small, that this could indeed
be spirit making contact.