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Life Arts    H4'ed 12/20/14

The "Force" is with You in SF Musician's Home Holiday Light Show

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Star Wars Light Show by Tom BetGeorge
Star Wars Light Show by Tom BetGeorge
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A music teacher at the Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts in Oakland, CA, has created a holiday light show at his home in the Bay area. Over 100,000 lights are synchronized to a medley of favorite Star Wars Tunes, according to sfgate.

Tom BetGeorge uses the light show as a way to fundraise for the poor and homeless, and his neighbors seem to support it - at least, he says they haven't complained about the bright lights and loud music.

BetGeorge uploaded his video of the extravaganza on Monday Dec. 15, and got over 2.5 million views by the end of the week.

His light show features a 17-foot guitar and 19-foot long keyboard. BetGeorge says, If you look closely (especially during the Cantina song) the instruments are playing the real notes!

BetGeorge notes:
I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a 35' lift ... This is now my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! " The beams can be seen for miles but I went out of my way to avoid shining the beams on houses and flight paths... About 12,500 channels running around 100,000 lights. ...

He notes that this is Fair use for educational purposes.

List of the tracks in order of mix:

"Star Wars Main Title and the Arrival at Naboo" -- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

"Duel of the Fates" -- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

"Across the Stars (Love Theme)" -- Star Wars Episode II -- The Phantom Menace

"Battle of the Heroes" -- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Light Saber Fight)

"The Hologram; Binary Sunset" -- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

"Cantina Band" -- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

"Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack" -- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (TIE Fighter Crash)

"The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" -- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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