Instrumental Transcommunication



ITC – The Basics


Submitted by Mitchell Goth


ITC, it stands for Instrumental Transcommunication, and it’s safe to say that just about every paranormal investigator out there has used it, but not many know the meaning of ITC, and some still haven’t even heard the term before. ITC is a rather broad term of electronic spirit communication as opposed to EVP which just includes voice recorder communication, although EVP is a sub-category of ITC.
In reality, if you’re communicating electronically in any way shape or form with spirits, it’s ITC. The most common devices used for ITC are digital/analog recorders (for EVP of course), ghost/spirit boxes like the Shack-Hacks and the P-SB7, and even EMF detectors. EMF detectors can only be considered ITC tools if you use them for communication rather than for diagnostics and searching for random EMF spikes. Along with all of these you can also find specialized ITC devices such as the Ovilus. For those who are unfamiliar with that the device, the Ovilus is an ITC tool that contains an internal electronic dictionary that is powered by environmental sensors. The theory behind the Ovilus is that spirits can manipulate the environment to choose their words from the dictionary to speak.
While those are the most common methods of ITC, there are many other smaller sub-category’s. Television communication was a very popular means of ITC back in the 80’s. It was used mostly to capture visual evidence through blank channels, but was utilized later on as a means of audio communication/white noise generation (a lot like the TV from the movie Poltergeist, but on a less dramatic scale). Other forms of ITC include people using phones, cameras/camcorders, bionic ears, and even fax machines to communicate with the dead.
Since the 1970’s ITC has been a staple of the paranormal investigation community. But, it seems that it has become so common, people have all but forgotten that it’s still a term at all. But, remembered or not, ITC is used by every paranormal investigator who utilizes any of the above techniques, or any other kind of electronic communication, it’s really any type of way to achieve intelligent ghostly communication with electronics, be the result audio or visual evidence. So, as long as you don’t entirely rely on metaphysical means of investigation, you use ITC on your paranormal investigations.



Mitchell Goth is the Wisconsin State Representative for the NPS, and a passionate researcher in the paranormal field.  He can be reached via email at