It’s become an annual tradition for festival bass heads: the Johnson Family’s Dubstep Christmas Light Show.
Now into its fourth year, last year’s 11 minute spectacular was so successful their street couldn’t handle the nightly roadblocks. So the show has now been moved to the local zoo in San Antonio where it features a whole new load of kit and is displayed four times an hour for the public every evening.
Ignoring all the standard, basic and stereotypical festival lights you see on most festive houses, the show is 100% pixel based with each of the 6,000+ pixels controlled individually. According to their website it takes 6-10 hours to sequence every 10 seconds of the show and over 300 controller channels are used per 100 hundred lights (giving it the equivalent power of 2 million traditional lights) Even without the music this is a ridiculously detailed piece of digital dexterity painstakingly programmed purely for our sensory pleasure. But of course the bombardment of heavy bass and swaggering beats is why we tune into it every year and this year is no exception with classic cuts from Skrillex, Pentakill and many more.
Because it’s not the family house and clearly a public building the show does lose a little of its Christmas magic but we’re not complaining: this remains the king of dubstep Christmas light shows. Sit back and enjoy a five minute pixel punch of heavy bass festive fun. Merry everyone!