Into the Soundfield

About the project

Welcome to the online home of the Michael Gerzon and Ambisonics at Oxford documentary project.  This short film aims to introduce the work of Gerzon and other members of the Oxford University Tape Recording Society (OUTRS) whilst students at Oxford during in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Gerzon's contributions to the world are recognized by his peers, but now his legacy is being acknowledged beyond the audio industry, as Ambisonics has become the standard immersive surround-sound format of Virtual Reality.

During the filming, we were grateful to meet and interview many of Gerzon's friends, including Peter Craven - the co-inventor of the Soundfield microphone, Paul Hodges - original OUTRS member and Ambisonic expert, and Tony Faulkner - world renowned classical sound recordist.  We hope to have captured a unique insight into the man behind the innovations, and bring the story of this time to a wider audience.

Please explore the website to further investigate the work of the OUTRS and Michael Gerzon.  Stephen Thornton's diaries are a fascinating and rich resource, documenting their activities particularly well, and we are fortunate to have permission to host this invaluable archive.



Watch the documentary