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Feross Aboukhadijeh YouTube

Bringing ⟨bgsound⟩ back to the web

JS Party panelist, Feross Aboukhadijeh: In the days of Geocities and Angelfire, a quirky HTML tag called ⟨bgsound⟩ enabled sound files to play in the background of webpages. Usually, these files were in the MIDI format. What a glorious era that was! Sadly, ⟨bgsound⟩ has been removed from browsers and MIDI is obscure and hard to play back. In this talk, we’ll bring MIDI and ⟨bgsound⟩ back from the dead using WebAssembly, Emscripten, Web Audio, and Web Components. When we’re finished, you’ll be able to give your webpages the 90’s treatment in a modern, standards-compliant way!

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JS Party JS Party #52

Nest 'dem loops

NESTED LOOPS is a JavaScript band that combines music and video with web tech to perform live at JSConf. In this episode, Jerod and Suz are joined by Jan Monschke and Kahlil Lechelt, which comprise 2/3 of the group. After sampling one of their tracks, we hear the story of how they got the band together, the journey of building a tech stack for their first live performance, and how that stack was then rewritten to be “good” for their second performance. Suz is at awe with the technologies at play. Jerod wonders if there’s room in the world for musicians directly targeting JavaScript devs. A good time is had by all.

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JS Party JS Party #47

The nitty gritty on BitMidi

Where does Feross get all those wonderful toys? He builds them with JavaScript, of course! BitMidi – a website for listening to your favorite MIDI files – is his latest creation. In this episode, Jerod “sits down” with Feross to learn all about it. How do MIDIs even work? Why won’t they play on the web anymore? Can WASM save the day (hint: yes)? How does Feross get so many eyeballs on his creations? Is Preact awesome for building sites like this? What’s the future of BitMidi look like? Don’t ask us, listen to the episode!

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Martijn Versluis martijnversluis.github.io

🎼 ChordFiddle – your online playground for ChordPro chord sheets

Like JSFiddle, but for ChordPro chord sheets. I’m no musician, so I’m not embarrassed to say I had to google to learn ChordPro is an ASCII text file format for transcribing songs with chords and lyrics. ChordFiddle is loaded with features and has more coming on the project board. Look under the hood and you’ll find two more open source libs: ChordSheetJS and ChordJS.

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