What is a Sound and Light Show?

Sound and Lights, Chichen Itza, Mexico - courtesy lightmatter - CC-BY

Sound and Lights, Chichen Itza, Mexico - courtesy lightmatter - CC-BY

A sound and light show is a spectacular form of entertainment presented after dark in a place of  historic or architectural interest.  Lighting effects are projected onto the facades of these structures and synchronized with live or recorded music and narrative.

The invention of the sound and light show is credited to Paul Robert-Houdin, who was the curator of the Chateau de Chambord in France, which hosted the world’s first sound and light show in 1952.  A show was established in the early 1960s at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

The popularity of the sound and light show has spread around the world.  From the Pyramids of Giza to the Eiffel Tower, from Great Estates to Cathedrals, government buildings and more,  sound and light shows are becoming more common.

Which is the reason for this article.  I’m going to show off our local courthouse.  The cities of Cambridge and Byesville, Ohio, are side by side and between them have maybe a population of 14,000.  The Guernsey County Courthouse in Cambridge has become a major player in the world of sound and light shows in North America.  Not bad for a small town.

So Holiday Greetings from Digs.

Turn on the sound and enjoy:

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