Sunday, December 6, 2009

Extravagant Christmas Display - or - Oh, Wow: The House is Staring at Me!

"Christmas Lights Gone Wild"

houseofboyd, YouTube (November 21, 2005)
video, 3:02

"Wow, this thing has really gone crazy with the viewers. Let me first start by saying that this is not my house. Regardless of what any of the comments read, this house really does exist, I have seen it with my own eyes and nothing you see in the video is trickery, it's all real.
"This display was the work of Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio, electrical engineer who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights...."

I don't know if it's the peace sign; the strobing lights; the sight of a perfectly nice upper-middle-class suburban house transformed into a wild-eyed face staring at me with flashing eyes; or the something else - but this video takes me back to the "good old days" of the sixties and seventies.

It's only fair to warn you that I like over-the-top lighting displays and have been accused of having loud, even garish, taste (I prefer adjectives like "enthusiastic" and "colorful" myself). Not that there's a lot of color in this display: it's almost all glaring yellow-white, with occasional flashes of brain-freeze blue.

The only criticism I have of the video is that the music cuts out just before the end - but other than that, it's a real trip.

If you've been wondering about the neighbors:

"...So that the Williams' neighbors aren't disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment...."

Another visual accompaniment to this music: More:

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