Tod Machover, Professor of Music and Media at MIT and Fellow of Society of Sound has recently been experimenting with a 3D Ambisonic audio system using Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The rig features 21 Bowers & Wilkins speakers, including 19 M-1s and a pair of 800Ds, in a revolutionary take on surround sound.
The system was demonstrated at an MIT open day, using Machover’s opera Death and the Powers as source material, playing it back in all its Ambisonic glory. The opera itself will be performed during Chicago Opera Theatre’s 2011 season.
The Ambisonic system is also moving out into the world in a full 3D incarnation, with demonstrations scheduled in prestigious venues such as the Monaco Opera House. We’ll provide more information as we receive it.