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by Richard Russell, May 2006
BBC BASIC for Windows allows you to play a MIDI file using the *PLAY command. Whilst you can terminate playback before the song has finished by using the SOUND OFF statement, there is no built-in mechanism for pausing playback.
The program below makes it possible to pause and resume playback. For the purposes of the example a key-press is used, but the code can be adapted to control playback from any other source. For example in a game you may wish to pause the music whilst a high-score table is displayed.
MCI_PLAY = &806 MCI_PAUSE = &809
PRINT "Press a key to pause and unpause..." pause% = FALSE REPEAT IF GET THEN pause% = NOT pause% IF pause% THEN PROCmcicommand(@midi%, MCI_PAUSE, 0, 0) PRINT "Paused" ELSE PROCmcicommand(@midi%, MCI_PLAY, 0, 0) PRINT "Resumed" ENDIF ENDIF UNTIL FALSE END
DEF PROCmcicommand(D%, C%, F%, S%) LOCAL K%, M%, O%, P%, T% DIM P% LOCAL 50 [OPT 2 .K% push S%:push F%:push C%:push D%:call "mciSendCommand" ret 16 .M% cmp dword [esp+8],&500 : jz K% jmp [^O%] ] SWAP T%,@midi% SYS "GetWindowLong", @hwnd%, -4 TO O% SYS "SetWindowLong", @hwnd%, -4, M% SYS "SendMessage", @hwnd%, &500, 0, 0 SYS "SetWindowLong", @hwnd%, -4, O% SYS "SendMessage", @hwnd%, 0, 0 SWAP T%,@midi% ENDPROC
You may need to change the MIDI file specification if your PC doesn't have Flourish.mid in that location.