In 2005, Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio electician, decorated his home and synchronized it to the music “Wizards in Winter” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A higher-quality version of the original video that was circulated by email can be seen below.
Not to be outdone, a neighborhood in Yucaipa, Calif. decided to one-up the Joneses, as it were, and got everyone on an entire block to come up with a similar synchronization. They recorded the result with a drone; it’s breathtaking, to say the least.
Paul Ó Neill, the creator of TSO, was moved. He told Billboard, “We were incredibly honored and flattered when we first saw a house in Mason, Ohio, sync their lights to ‘Wizards In Winter,’ but to see a whole community band together and do something like this is beyond words. We only hope they don’t send us the electric bill!”
Here’s the neighborhood video:
This is one of my favorite pieces of music, largely as a result of the original video; I was delighted to see this evolution.
Probably not good for epileptics, though.
The Old Wolf has spoken.,
All hail the LED, and the tech that’s getting cheap enough you can afford to do this. Now, it’s great – but this grows. Next year that neighborhood will be Glorious! Three years, and they’ll have tour buses.
For what it’s worth, the displays began with standard lights. Williams had to shut down his yearly display in 2005 because of the massive traffic his efforts were creating; in 2006 he reopened at a larger, safer location and since began a company that does this sort of thing for people.