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Play midi sound directly from memory

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I have a midi file stored as a resource in the .exe. I can play it by loading the resource, saving it to a temporary file, and calling mciSendCommand with mci_Open and mci_Open_Element, specifying the temporary file.

How can I play the sound directly from memory, without having to save it in a  file?
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The Sample MIDI Player link reads from a file (unless I've missed something). I didn't see how to associate the memory pointer I have after reading the resource, with the midi parameters.  
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Yes, you are right, it does read the MIDI information from a file. It then stores the information into memory buffers. The MIDI functions read the MIDI messages from memory buffers.

There are actually two kinds of MIDI files. One of them (.rmi) is a RIFF file, in which case, you can still use MCI commands. See

HOWTO: Use MCI to Play AVI/WAVE Files from Memory
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q155/3/60.asp

If the MIDI file (.mid) is not a RIFF file, you have to use the MIDI functions.
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Thank you, I will try to work with this information. (BTW it is a .mid file that I am using).
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