Using "Elevator Music" In Your Scripts

by Apr 26, 2012

Maybe you'd like to give some feedback to the users of your script while it processes a long-running task. One of the easiest (and most annoying) types of feedback is to play some "elevator music". Here's how:

function Start-ElevatorMusic {
$wavfile = "c:\path_to_some_wav_file\jeopardy.wav"
Add-Type -AssemblyName Microsoft.VisualBasic
$script:player = New-Object Microsoft.VisualBasic.Devices.Audio
$script:player.Play($wavfile, 'BackgroundLoop')

Once you call Start-ElevatorMusic, PowerShell starts to play the music file you specify forever. Now, your script can do whatever it needs to do. Once done, call Stop-ElevatorMusic to stop the music again.

function Stop-ElevatorMusic {

Isn't that fun?

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