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Christmas Lights To The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

This video clip (viewable here or here) has been making its way around the internet for a while now, but I thought I'd share it with our readers. It shows home Christmas lights synchronized to flash in time to a musical score, in this case Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "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. Snopes' Urban Legends Reference pages says this video is the real thing and not doctored.

After a December 6, 2005 traffic accident in his neighborhood, Carson Williams agreed to indefinitely discontinue his 2005 Christmas light display because it was causing severe traffic congestion problems.

The tie-in to metal, of course, is that Trans-Siberian Orchestra features Savatage (and solo) guitarist Chris Caffrey and former and present touring Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra recently played live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, December 14, and on Live With Regis And Kelly on Thursday, December 15.

I want to wish our readers a safe and happy holidays, merry Christmas or whatever you might celebrate, and a very metal new year!

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1. zMETALlica writes:

i wonder how many watts it took to power all of that... from that i can understand how much that thing would cost to do for a day.

# Dec 24, 2005 @ 4:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. War Ensemble writes:

OK umm this aint that interesting, except testament guitarist.

why cant they flash to a hip hop beat instead lol!

# Dec 24, 2005 @ 7:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

sucks to be Carson Williams.

# Dec 25, 2005 @ 7:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Sucks? Don't think so! writes:

It only rocketed him to Internet stardom and firmly seated his place in history as the first guy to get his christmas light display published world-wide. I can't imagine what it's done for sales of trans-siberian's records.

# Dec 29, 2005 @ 8:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. achampz writes:

kicks ass

# Dec 30, 2005 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. noneya writes:

that was way tizzight and just because it's not hip hop doesn't mean it isn't good

# Dec 31, 2005 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra....not my thing...its like Yanni met up with the Guitarist from Dir En Grey....Not a good mix....but better on their own...Don't like what they're doing...

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8. psythe writes:

hahah, in response to post 4, i merely meant it would have sucked having to hook all that shlt up and get it working right. i didnt actually mean that it sucked to be him in general. i'm sure he has a jolly life.

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9. Jay2TheRescue writes:

in response to an earlier question I saw on an interview he did that he says his electric bill is $150 higher because of the lights.

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