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    Default Display size and music sequencing?

    After many years of static displays and 3 years of animated pixels, I'm contemplating adding music. I began sequencing a song, but I'm questioning if I have enough elements to do music without it being cheesy. I currently have:

    pixel Bethlehem star
    AC icicle lights
    wreath with pixels
    9 pixel snowflakes
    26 pixel lumenarias
    5 pixel trees (4', 10' & 15')
    nativity figures (AC lit)

    ...and a partridge in a pear tree (oops, sorry, Christmas on my mind)

    layout.png

    Any advice?
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    Default Re: Display size and music sequencing?

    First off, a single bulb going on and off to the beat of the music is just fine.
    Second, by the looks of your layout, you have more than enough. In fact, more than most.

    Have fun!

    BTW - partridges look really good changing colors!
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    Default Re: Display size and music sequencing?

    this is way more than i had when i first started animating. At the time I had 30 channels of ac fairy lights and 4 upside down arches with 25 pixels each.


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    Default Re: Display size and music sequencing?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhoybs View Post
    After many years of static displays and 3 years of animated pixels, I'm contemplating adding music. I began sequencing a song, but I'm questioning if I have enough elements to do music without it being cheesy. I currently have:

    pixel Bethlehem star
    AC icicle lights
    wreath with pixels
    9 pixel snowflakes
    26 pixel lumenarias
    5 pixel trees (4', 10' & 15')
    nativity figures (AC lit)

    ...and a partridge in a pear tree (oops, sorry, Christmas on my mind)

    layout.png

    Any advice?
    Your partridge and pear tree could be interestingly sequenced !

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    Default Re: Display size and music sequencing?

    Go for quality over quantity. That elimates a lot of cheese.

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    Default Re: Display size and music sequencing?

    I started pixels/sequencing not to music for the first year and I think itís the best way to be honest - as your focus is the design aesthetic (working on colour palettes, styles, themes etc.).

    I believe the key to sequencing to music is then retaining those same design considerations - you see an awful lot of sequences that are just a mish mash of effects orchestrated to music, with no real structure/theme to the piece. I personally like some consistency and theatre to the sequence, a general style that tracks through each song with considered use of effects that suit their use in the track.

    As others have said, quality not quantity - and that goes for effects in sequences too!

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