Monday, April 10, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.100: Vacant Frequencies, Haunted Airwaves

Adjacent to the parish boundary which separates Northwich from Harlowe, the old Horsingdon Council Chambers stands in close proximity to both St. Ignatius' Church and the Church of St. John the Divine. The building was let to the Ministry for a period during the 1960s (although it remains unclear as to what purpose); more recently it has acquired an extensive transmitter array - despite having been unoccupied for at least a decade.

Whatever the reason for the array's construction, paranormal investigators have discovered that the previously untenanted airwaves, vacant frequencies and deserted bandwidths along the liminal zone that is the Northwich-Harlowe border are now swarming with Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), Intrumental Trans-Communications (ITC), and any number of other spectrally-discarnate sounds to which, no doubt, other snappy initialisms or acronyms could be readily applied. Spirit mediums who have attempted to attune themselves to this uncanny sonic morass have either been struck dumb with madness, or found themselves afflicted by an incurable form of tinnitus - one which masks any transmissions or communiques from the hereafter with a desolate wall of inpenetrable white noise.

Oddly enough, there is a recurrent aural motif which beleaguers those brave enough to document the praeternatural sounds emanating from the area: a phrase first recorded by Konstantins Raudive in his classic, early study of EVP, and an oddly unsettling expression - one which, I suspect, only readers of a certain age may have heard (and then only if they are familiar with the flexidisc of EVP recordings provided with the first issue the classic 1980s British paranormalist partwork, The Unexplained): 'You are sleeping. You do not want to believe'.

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