It is often colloquially said that there are 'no rules' for the spatialisation of multichannel content. This paper seeks to identify creative ways in which the multichannel systems of today and tomorrow can be harnessed to provide aesthetically convincing surround environments. The suitability of production techniques based on Ambisonic methods is re-evaluated for this task, and the discussion focuses on the role of multichannel systems in sound design for presentation in the movie theatre.
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