Hey Billpealer, can you post your finished code when you get the chance? I'd really like to see it, to see if there are things I can modify with my future boards.
I am not sure if it's my arduino uno going on the fritz or what, but I had the one-line serial mode audio working one minute, now its not. weird. I am going to try to get rid of the BUSY and wanted to know how you did it in your sketch. Do you have a power up and power down sound before the hum? (couldn't hear audio, my speakers were on fritz). I am having issues with double-fonting on the swing sound from my accelerometer and am going to try applying the debounce method to it.
also i have about 7.5" to play with...
Billpeeler, what I mean is can you give us an example of your power-on code?
not sure if thats a joke or not.
This will get you started: http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/FadeProgramming-wise, fading these high-powered LEDs is no more complicated than that.