The Light Before Christmas
Claim: Video captures home Christmas light display synchronized to musical score.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
I received this video from a friend. It'* a video of someone'* Christmas lights that appear to be choreographed to music. To me, it looks like photos of the lights could have been edited together to match the music. But, then again, with people spend $1000s on Halloween décor, it sure seems possible that someone would have taken the next step with their Christmas lights! Fun video to watch regardless.
Origins: A video clip (viewable here or here) shows home Christmas lights synchronized to flash in time to a musical score, in this case Trans-Siberian Orchestra'* "Wizard in Winter" (from The Lost Christmas Eve album).
This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular. The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station so that it is only audible to visitors tuned in to the correct frquency and doesn't disturb the neighbors.
The rough quality of the video has led some viewers to believe it was put together in stop-action form from still photographs, but that is an artifact of the high compression used in the clip circulated via e-mail. Mr. Williams has posted instructions for recreating his "Wizard in Winter" sequencing, and another of his choreographed Christmas light music shows can be viewed here.
Interview with Carson Williams
Last updated: 29 November 2005
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