Recording, like many other fields which mix art and science, has seen many things tried, some of them now seeming ridiculous. When they work we consider them genius however. I am constantly amazed at some of the things which have been attempted by really serious folks who were on the bleeding edge of technology and innovation. And very grateful that some, even it is a tiny few, have worked.
I am old enough to remember when stereo came in. What a huge change that was. Now we have N
.1 soundfields, Soundfield, Schoeps DMS, Grado is working on something in a ball which has promise. Tinkerers, engineers, dreamers and crackpots abound. And the artform progresses.