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Code Snippets

The Sounds of MARATHON CHRISTMAS

Snippet Description

This is a modified version of Wes Bos' JavaScript 30 Drum Machine.

Press the keys (e.g. "1", "2", "3") listed in the pink bars beneath each block-letter to play a Christmas sound effect and trigger a CSS transformation! There's a really clever use of data-attributes going on underneath the hood that stitches everything together.

Oh, and don't forget to tune into Jon Solomon's annual 25-hour holiday marathon on WPRBXmas this coming Christmas Eve at 5:00pm EST!

All sound effects were downloaded from freesound.org.

Snippet Use Case

While tweaking Wes' tutorial to create a sound maker for my MARATHON CHRISTMAS side project, I quickly discovered I needed to extend his use of event listeners.

In Wes' implementation, the addition & removal of classes on a given div whenever a sound was played was handled entirely via key-driven events. This worked fine when the sounds being sampled were extremely short, but longer samples resulted in a sub-par user experience. I rewrote the underlying code so that a given div's class was removed after an audio element's sound had finished playing.

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