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EVP[1] (also known as Electro Voice Phenomenon and Electronic Voice Phenomenon)[2][3] was a phenomenon studied by the Ghostbusters in the 2016 movie.


Jillian Holtzmann suggested letting Erin Gilbert listen to EVP she and Abby Yates recorded. Erin interrupted Holtzmann and told her she knew what it meant but none were ever substantiated. Annoyed by her cockiness, Abby played along and they told Erin a story about how they spent eight nights at the Chelsea Hotel a few months ago then found something when they reviewed their tapes. Abby started a tape on the Kudelski Nagra III Reel to Reel Tape Recorder. Holtzmann and Abby leaned in to listen. Erin approached and suddenly a recorded fart sound plays. Abby mocked her with a spooky "ooo" noise while Holtzmann laughed. They realized Erin was the first to come right over to the recorder. After Rowan North was defeated, Patty Tolan came across EVP while she was listening to a recording. She heard a voice say "Zuul."


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  1. Jillian Holtzmann (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 2 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 0:14:11-0:14:13). Sony Pictures. Jillian Holtzmann says: "EVP is electro..."
  2. Erin Gilbert (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 2 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 0:14:13-0:14:19). Sony Pictures. Erin Gilbert says: "Electro voice phenomenon. I'm familiar. I know what it means. And there's never been one substantiated."
  3. Narrator (2016). Simon & Schuster- "Ghostbuster's Handbook" (2016) (Book p.47). Page reads: "EVP, or electronic voice phenomenon, may show up on your recordings. These sounds can be interpreted as messages from beyond our world."
  4. Narrator (2016). Simon & Schuster- "Ghostbuster's Handbook" (2016) (Book p.84). Page reads: "Farting into a recording device and attempting to pass it off as an EVP reading (electronic voice phenomenon---ghost speech)."