Dashboard and Konfabulator Widgets for Music (Windows/Mac)

Be vewy vewy qwiet — I’m hunting Widgets. Yes, widgets are all the rage these days. Between Apple’s Dashboard, included with Mac OS X Tiger, and Konfabulator, which just became free for Windows and Mac and has morphed into Yahoo! Widgets, nary a desktop shall be without little floating things. The idea isn’t entirely new — look back to the 1984 Mac’s Desk Accessory, or, well, to all the stuff that’s sitting on my real desk. But tools for easily creating your own widges are making these proliferate. Anything useful for music? Well, yes and no. onetonnemusic has a roundup …

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Games Week: Pac Man at Age 25

[Updated with Tiger widget!] As Pac Man turns 25 this week, there’s sadly no mention of the game’s signature sound and music. (And PLEASE don’t mention that awful song Pac Man Fever again!) Not only was Pac Man (aka Puckman in 1980; see the game’s history) the first game that inspired mainstream gaming, but it was the first game to feature the kind of gaming sound we now take for granted. There’s something Pavlovian about the strange, iconic sounds of the original Pac Man, with a sound and music score created by Namco’s Toshio Kai. (Note that Pavlov inspired his …

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