At Computer Science House, we had a portable light show called "Dammit" "Digital / Analog Musical Manipulation of Incandescant Technology". I wanted my own version of this, so I took some leftover 74LS chips I had lying around; an inverter, a shift register, and some other parts, and shoved together DARNIT on a breadboard.
DARNIT stands for "Dumb Audio Recognition; Neat, Isn't iT?"
My version had 8 LEDs as the output, rather than 32+ spotlights. I even had one of the 8 lights hooked up to a solid state relay, and had it flicker a desk lamp to the beat of the music.
Sadly, the breadboard suffered some wiring damage when I wasn't looking, and after I had moved a few times, I powered it up only to have all of the blue smoke released from the parts.