I want Mathematica (Version to automatically play a specific sound file after importing from the hard drive without any user intervention other than opening the notebook. Here is what I have tried:

mysound = Import["Two_musical_notes_overlap-for-test.wav"];

After that cell is evaluated I get a dialog box with a play button that the user has has to click on to get the "wav" file to play. I do not want the user to have to do anything other than evaluate the cell which will cause the sound to be played. It would be nice if I could even suppress the sound dialog box from even appearing but I'll be happy with just getting this to play automatically.

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  • $\begingroup$ The observed behavior is due to that fact that in the current version, your sound file is automatically imported as an Audio[] object instead of as a Sound[] object. (It does sound confusing...) $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2016 at 9:20
  • $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity: what $Version are you using? 'Cause I have no problems with s = Import[ "ExampleData/rule30.wav"]; EmitSound[s] on 10.4.1 for Linux x86 (64-bit). $\endgroup$
    – corey979
    Dec 31, 2016 at 14:56
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    $\begingroup$ @J.M. it sounds confusing made my day. $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2016 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ @corey979 - I am using Mathematica The latest version. I have modified my question to include that information. $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2016 at 20:49

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Try this:

f = Import["ExampleData/rule30.wav", "Sound"];

This plays right away, when cell is evaluated. To make it play when notebook is opened, you might want to put it in initialization cell also.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank You @Nasser that worked perfectly. I guess "Audio" object is different than a "Sound" object. $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2016 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ Sound`AudioToSound? $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Mar 30, 2017 at 14:01

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