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Any non-musical examples of light shows?

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I am planning on doing my first Light-o-Rama display next year. I'm not sure I want to sync it to music though. Does anyone know of any examples of this on the web? All of the examples I see on Youtube, etc, are pretty frenetic, which look great when synced with the songs but may be overwhelming in silence. Any examples I could look at or suggestions?

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I am planning on doing my first Light-o-Rama display next year. I'm not sure I want to sync it to music though. Does anyone know of any examples of this on the web? All of the examples I see on Youtube, etc, are pretty frenetic, which look great when synced with the songs but may be overwhelming in silence. Any examples I could look at or suggestions?

Not sure of any videos, but there are some cool possibilities. Jeff Womack used to do this, as did Chris Berglund. I've seen Chris' display for several years-- he does a different display every year (this year he's 100% static) but in the past he's done neat effects with mega trees, arches, wire trees, etc, all without music. You're right, you probably want to think less "blinky" and more "sweeping fade". Layering things with several solid-color strands that you can morph between should work very well.

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Check this out:

This guy does an amazing job and doesn't sync anything to music. This is probably the best anamation show without music sync. He plays music, but doesn't sync to it.

I wish I would have started by just animating and not trying to sync to music and then add music AFTER I had my feet wet with the Mega Tree, sequence programming, etc. Instead, I jumped in with both feet and feel like I have been playing catch up ever since. I never thought of just animating and not syncronizing to music. Wish I had.

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Check this out:

This guy does an amazing job and doesn't sync anything to music. This is probably the best anamation show without music sync. He plays music, but doesn't sync to it.

Wow! That looks great. How is he slowing cascading his icicle lights like that?

I love the music he used also. The whole thing is mesmerizing.

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Wow! That looks great. How is he slowing cascading his icicle lights like that?

I love the music he used also. The whole thing is mesmerizing.

Richard,

That is exactly how I felt when I saw it. My FIRST question to him was about the icicles also. He responded in this thread http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=29530&page=7

Page 7 is where he answers the question about the icicles. He lives in Australia. He said there most of their lights are low voltage. Here is a quote from his answer: "The icicles that I use are 4 channel chasing icicles that originally come with a multi-function controller. They are wired so that there are 2 consecutive drops on each channel of the chasing controller. ie, for every 8 icicle drops, there are 2 on each channel, 1, 2, 3, 4. I then simply cut off the controllers and wire each of the channels to a separate LOR channel. I then use a chase sequence arrangement on the 4 channels to get the chase in the direction required."

Richard, it does my heart and ego good to know that we both had the exact same first question. He has the look I was going for when I created my Icicle strings. I took 18 foot icicle strings and cut them at the proper points and made 3 foot sections. I wired these in a staggered fashion into four extension cords, each 72 feet long. I can sequence, and it looks cool, but with 3 foot sections it is a little choppy. His 2 icicle sections look very smooth.

If you would like to see a video of my icicles, check this out: Huddleston Christmas 2009 I hope you like it.

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I was wondering about the no music option too. In Australia, most displays are either largely static, or a mass (mess!) of unsynchronised strings, icicles and stars.

I doubt there's many suburban displays over here that feature music. Being summer, I suspect there's a lot more walk-by traffic as opposed to the drive-by traffic the USA & UK get due to the colder weather there. This means no car radio to tune into. I wouldn't dream of broadcasting audio via speakers out the front of my house as it would annoy the neighbours no end I'm sure.

My efforts so far have consisted of making 4 channel 24Vac controllers to work with multiple 4-circuit fairy (mini) lights so they are at least synchronised. I hated seeing multiple sets of lights set up side by side, all doing their own thing.

I think not putting all your lights on at once can be so much better, as people can see different features instead of revealing the whole lot from the start. I mean you don't go to a concert and see them turn every light on in the first 30 seconds do you?

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