Man Records Frightening "Alien" Sounds Emanating From Rhode Island Forest

The Arrival: Man Records Frightening “Alien” Sounds Emanating From Rhode Island Forest


Many people move to the country in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but what happens when you find out you’ve traded your annoying next-door neighbors for terrifying paranormal activity?

Chris Simpkins‘ was woken in his rural Rhode Island home by a frightening, mysterious noise coming from the forest, and he did the best thing possible: he recorded it. The short video clip, which was uploaded to YouTube on September 6, shows an eerie dirt road leading into the woods where the strange buzzing sounds were coming from.


For almost 20 minutes, Simpkins recorded the noises echoing from the woods, noting that not only was the wind quiet, but that there are no trains or traffic sources anywhere nearby. In fact, you can even hear the sounds of crickets and frogs from the nearby woods. Simpkins was also quick to point out that after having lived there for a year, he and his family had never heard anything that sounded anything like the eerie droning.

What makes the situation even stranger is that the only thing of interest in the general direction of the noises is a large AM radio tower. Many expert commenters were quick to point out that AM radios and their towers are not known to make noises anything like the one recorded in the video.

For the most part, many listeners were stumped as to what could possibly be making a sound like the one recorded in Simpkins’ video, but all of them agreed it’s downright scary.

As expected, many were quick to jump to the conclusion that the sounds had to be coming from some kind of alien source, or if not aliens, then they were somehow connected to the recent “boom” sounds recorded in Ontario, Canada.


For now, viewers can only make speculations about the bizarre sound. Thankfully Simpkins continues to update the story as more information is found for the curious. Let us know if you’ve ever experienced anything like the sounds like the bizarre video, and Week In Weird will continue to follow the story as it unfolds.

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  1. D.R.

    09/07/2016 at 8:34 PM

    I love the stories you guys manage to dig up. This is my favorite site for paranormal news! Keep crushing it!

    • Greg Newkirk

      09/07/2016 at 8:50 PM

      Thanks a million, D.R! We’ll keep chasing down the weirdest stuff we can find! I know who you are!

  2. Geno

    09/07/2016 at 10:37 PM

    Solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetosphere?

  3. Fred

    09/08/2016 at 2:41 AM

    Odd sound.

    I live in Rhode Island and may be able to look into this; I’m attempting to determine the location where this was recorded. I’m going to try to contact the person who recorded and posted this incident.

    Though some parts of RI are fairly rural, it’s a small state, and sound, under some conditions, can travel surprisingly far.
    My initial search comes up with a location which isn’t far from some industrial operations – but I’m not sure I’ve located the correct “Chris Simpkins.” If I have, the origin of the sound may be the ship-building facility which is less than 4 miles away – and most of that distance is over the open water of Narragansett Bay.
    Sound travels very far over open water.
    Heavy steel ship-building work ( submarines, to be more precise ) carries on both day and night, and large hull sections are built at Quonsett point, and then loaded and transported to the Electric Boat facility at Groton, CT.
    The large, circular hull sections can generate weird noises when they are being worked, I expect.

    All speculation, until I can track down the original poster of the sound recording.

  4. lacey

    09/08/2016 at 8:46 AM

    I wish he’d both recorded it AND followed it to the source. I totally understand why he wouldn’t be too keen on following the source in the middle of the night. However, if it keeps up, he should maybe make a big pot of coffee & enlist a few brave friends and figure out where it is coming from.

    If it was just a few notes, my guess would be an old metal gate (like a gate used to keep roaming cows in). It has the same exact tone of an old metal cow gate opening and closing. However, it’s longer and more melodic, almost like an actual composition. Has anyone mapped out the notes? Could it be some kids amplifying their weird music? Does it happen only on weekends? Sigh. I am kind of envious of this guy and his weird noises from the woods, if only because I love a good mystery.

  5. mandy smith

    09/08/2016 at 9:07 AM

    i don’t know what these apparent experts have to come to the conclusion they did, but everybody i’ve showed this too including a friend who is a technician, reckon this is nothing more than sounds coming off this Tower

  6. Milo\'s dad

    09/08/2016 at 8:07 PM

    Sounds like a rusty playground merry-go-round. Faster rotation = higher pitch.

    • lacey

      09/09/2016 at 3:46 PM

      A single rusty playground merry go round/roundabout in the middle of the woods might be more terrifying than aliens in the middle of the woods.

  7. Angela

    09/09/2016 at 12:18 PM

    I live near a military base in NC and know the “normal” sounds that eminate from it. However, on occasion, I have heard sounds similar to this. High pitched tones and sometimes very low humming noises (no helicopters).

  8. Medea

    09/09/2016 at 3:26 PM

    Sounds like vibrations being conducted through metal…Perhaps someone was working on the tower with a grinder. Like another poster, I too thought it sounded similar to a playground noise.

  9. South County, RI

    09/11/2016 at 10:01 AM

    I’m also a RI resident.

    To my ear, it sounds like messing around with feedback using an SM-57 mic and an amp.

    Just because Mr. Simpson said he heard this in the woods, doesn’t mean the video necessarily matches the audio – he could have added the sound in post production.

    I mean, if he was a dick.

    He could be legit though.

  10. South County, RI

    09/11/2016 at 10:13 AM

    Mr. Simpkins, vice Simpson. Sorry no edit function after Post Comment

  11. janet

    09/13/2016 at 10:41 AM

    AM transmitters (well their antennas) can make noises when there is a serious insulation problem causing arching. But that usually produces the very clear sound of the radio programme being broadcast.

    If it happens again, I suggest he takes a portable AM radio out and see if he can pick up loud interference across the AM band that sounds a bit like what he can hear.

    And follow the noise next time – get close up – what are you a man or a mouse! 🙂

  12. lacey

    09/16/2016 at 6:05 PM

    I just want to say, at the risk of #drunkovercommenting, that the last photo of the trees in the woods is super frameable. MIght want to offer it in your store. For me, to give to myself, on the occasion of my midlife crisis.

  13. james kurtz

    09/18/2016 at 8:32 PM

    It is “sky noise phenomenon” I think, but I’ve never heard it like this. Presumably extraterrestrial and a bit apocalyptic-sounding THERE IS AN ORB MOVING IN VIDEO NUMBER ONE WHERE ROAD GOES INTO THE WOODS.

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