Posted by JEC on December 25th, 2012
Merry Christmas! There’s a new video clip at the bottom of this post. It’s uploaded in HD, so you should be able to click on the YouTube screen and enlarge it if you’d like.
And, hooray for fresh snow! You’ll see that a bunch of the tree bulbs are glowing under the snow. Makes for a neat effect.
In an earlier article, I’ve described some of the backstage technical details which make everything tick.
Late last night, a friend of mine (a very experienced lighting designer & master GrandMA programmer as well) came to visit. He loved the different looks, and especially the fact that nearly all of them could stand on their own, background music or not. We talked for a while about the behind the scenes gear that make everything run so nicely.
He asked what the ‘next step’ might be.
I had to think. There’s currently available several RGB mappable, flexible pixel mesh products in the professional market. And as they say, you can have anything in this world for money.
But – and this is perhaps more important – this is a home in a nice quiet neighborhood. It’s neither a rock concert nor a rave. And to this point, it still looks like classic Christmas lights, albeit slightly enhanced. I think that’s important and magical.
At least for now, that’s how it’s going to stay.
A few nights ago, I went out to get the mail and noticed a car parked across the street. They had their window open, and through it I could hear John Denver & the Muppets singing ‘Silent Night’ (see comments below). The car was packed with 8 year old boys and their parents. I asked the boys if they wanted to stand inside the tree and watch the patterns from there.
Super excited, they tumbled out of the car and over to the yard. As I parted the light strings so they could climb in, one of the parents remarked that their friend said they ‘had to come visit the diamond house before Christmas.’
“The what?” I asked.
“The diamond house. Because it’s so sparkly and amazing.” That made me smile.
Thanks for visiting! Enjoy the video and stills below.
(If the YouTube player isn’t displayed below, the direct link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pulVKhPms0 )
Click any still picture to enlarge.