Awesome custom disco basement

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[Evan] is one of those neighbors you only wish you had.

His neighbors were renovating their basement for use as home theater, and he stopped by to check out how things were coming along. While there, he suggested they add some LED lighting to their shelving unit to make them pop. His neighbors were game, so he sourced some cheap RGB LEDs online and began working on the circuits and firmware needed to control the lights. His neighbors wrote some custom software that interfaces with iTunes to create a neat visualization in the shelving unit whenever music is played.

Once everything was complete, his neighbors informed him that they wanted an additional 20 overhead can lights and a set of 4 wall sconces wired up as well. Needless to say he was pretty excited, so he got busy wiring up the remainder of the basement.

He pushed the installation’s PIC microcontroller about as far as he possibly could, resulting in the awesome show seen in the video below.

Needless to say, it’s pretty impressive, though we wish we could have a peek at the code used to run everything. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Comments

  1. oodain says:

    very cool,

    is there a program for maintaining a minimum light level while running virtualizations?

  2. Jeremy C says:

    Wow, really nice job. Makes me want to get a basement :).

  3. romulousprime says:

    That’s excellent. I’d love to see what it’s like playing some death metal!

  4. OiD says:

    Absolutely fantastic! It doesn’t look like a simple frequency to color conversion, and it works on the beat…

    Do want!

  5. Pretty sweet!

    Looks like it’s lighting up the overhead lights all at once based on sound level, and various shelves are lit up depending on the sound level as well. Would be interesting to cycle between some different modes to keep it fresh. Like one that just fades between different lights while keeping some on (don’t want it too dark in there), and one that lights up various lights in sequence to the beat (peak level detect and triggering).

  6. kobilica says:

    Triiipppyyyy… I like it a lot!

  7. phnx says:

    …cross this with an Ambilight clone and you have my new favorite way to watch a movie.

  8. asdf says:

    aaaaah seizure!

    awesome.

  9. Steve says:

    Should “Awesome” and “Disco” be used in the same sentence? Cool project otherwise… :-)

  10. caleb says:

    romulousprime, i couldnt agree more \m/

  11. gdogg says:

    I would love something like that for parties

  12. Richie says:

    I think I’ve heard that song in the game SSX Tricky..

    But yeah this is awesome, its just a little to dark. Maybe not have the lights turn off all the way, just dim to a certain level.

  13. shyft says:

    were those stripper poles?

  14. Microguy says:

    There is NOTHING awesome about disco…..

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