Last year, I applied to do an art exhibition with the  Toronto Public Library. I was thrilled when I got an invitation to show at the Don Mills branch for the month of June. June happens to be Prince’s birthday month, but Don Mills is also near to where Prince used to live in Toronto.

Unfortunately, the library was undergoing renovation during the month of May and it spilled over onto the first week of June, and I could only show for the remaining three weeks of June.

I decided to record EVP during the artwork  installation, just to see what kinds of thing the spirits might say. Most of these clips are quite clear, but I still recommend headphones. Sound quality can vary depending on what device you use. I use Beats headphones when I review audio, so if you want to hear what I hear, use headphones. Subtle sound frequencies can be lost on a regular speaker. The clips are repeated on loop.

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Prince’s presence seemed to get the attention of nearby spirits.They come over and chatted with him. I think they were a little stunned that he was there. One spirit said to herself, “I talked to Prince”. The tone of her voice sounded like she couldn’t believe it. You can hear me unwrapping the bubblewrap on artwork. This clip is quite remarkably clear!

I guess once they spoke to Prince, they went and told their friends about it. Here is someone saying “Prince spoke to me”.

Someone said, “You meet celebrity”, and then someone replied in a squeal, “Yes!”.

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Someone remarked, “New ghost”.

Here, someone said, “Prince one with her”.

They started asking questions about me. Prince explained to them about the twin soul thing, and that after his death,“God take me, wake up next to her”. Prince does tend to speak quietly, so this clip is a bit harder to hear.

They asked him, “Do you love her”.

He replied to them, “Adore her”.

In this clip, someone asked, “Why do you do this”. P replied, “I love her”.

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As I was hanging the art, P was commenting, “That’s it”, to tell me it looked ok. Someone said, “It’s beautiful“.

Here someone said, “I’m gonna go see your art”.

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I had some photographs of Mont Blanc. Here someone said, “Mountains”.

Someone said, “Great art”.

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I had a series of photos that were in circles. Someone said, “They are circle, like it”.

Another one also commented, “They are circle”.

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After we were done hanging up the pictures, we drove through Prince’s old neighbourhood, but we didn’t go on his street.  As we drove, it started to rain. It had been raining that morning, but luckily it stopped when I was unloading the art at the library. While in the car, P said, “Now it rain”. And right after that, you can hear my mom say in Cantonese, “Rain again”.

P said to me, “In your dreams”.  Which then reminded me of a dream I had, on the morning that I was supposed to originally install the art show. In the dream, I got into a car with P, but I sat in the back seat, because there were boxes loaded in the front passenger side. P was driving. He was asking me to hand him an umbrella, even though he had a big purple one next to him. He wanted a different one. He had an umbrella on each side of the backseats. He had peeped his car with enough umbrellas for each passenger seat. It was raining, and we drove through a park. In the dream, we were driving to Paisley Park. In the EVP, we were driving past, Irving Paisley Park, which is near his old Toronto house. How funny, right?

I am really stunned by some of the sound quality on these clips. It’s nuts going through the recordings and hearing their conversations on the other side. Despite how unreal my experiences may seem, these recordings affirm just how real it all is.

If you happen to like any of my artwork, you can purchase it from my shop here.

These recordings were recorded using  my EVP Wrist Recorder 3 on June 10, 2019.

Image above: “Picture frame” by Andrea Mai.

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