Lunch Trance – 2024-06-19 – Newsflash

Two days ago I decided to bite the bullet and update the DJ software I use for feeding tracks and playlists to the PRIME 4, and it has been a wild ride — and I’m not sure it’s over yet! The only good thing I can say so far is that I am very much in awe that the player happily installs whatever firmware you throw at it; switching it between the oldest available and the newest available in either direction is not a problem at all. Bravo, Denon!

However, the software is still an unmitigated disaster. So far I have not yet found a way to use it without getting incredibly frustrated in a very small amount of time. “Everything is a playlist now” is one of the most stupid ideas any product manager has ever had, and “oh, it’s a playlist but you can’t put a track in twice” is a close second. Getting the software to re-order tracks (you know, a thing that one might want to do in a playlist) has me clicking far too often without a clear idea of whether it even should be working that way. And as soon as you attach the player (i.e. its drive which is exposed via USB) everything is simply fucked. You simply want to reverse the order of the playlist you’re looking at right now? Sure, let’s wait 85 seconds.

All of that led to the show starting 10 minutes late, and also I need to re-think whether I want to change the setup… before, I copied everything to a second MacBook which then had the software and did the whole syncing with the player, while I switched the screen to the Windows machine to prepare the encoding, and during the show I could use the second MacBook to talk to you and take notes in the playlist, like tracks I liked, and all that jazz. However, that would now require me to switch the screen back to my main MacBook. Not a good idea. I’ll have to give that some more thought.

Anyway, there were a bunch of cool tracks that I have shamelessly snatched from the Raw/Deep/Hypnotic Trance charts, e.g. the two Airwave tracks, or the Protoculture tracks, and also the Favourite of the Week™. In the second part of the show (where we’re most definitely leaving behind the progressive stuff) there was a bit more action going on, like with “Air Raid” by David Forbes, or “Space Time” by Digital Culture, RAM, and Richard Durand, or what about “Breathe Fire” by Pinkque and That Girl? They’re all good tracks, Bront!

During the show the volume was a bit all over the place but I fixed that for the recording!

The next show will be on Wednesday, June 26, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.

You can download the show here, and this is the playlist:

00:00:00Eli SpiralCity of You (Enlusion Remix)
00:07:33Santiago Luna, YU-1Sky Tribe
00:12:34MRPHLNDRCaptain Future
00:17:22FariusSo High
00:26:07AirwaveWhen The Sun Comes Back
00:31:07EstivaVia Infinita (Marsh Remix)
00:35:34AirwaveThe Principles of Forgiveness
00:45:19ShogunSkyfire (AVAO Remix)
00:48:27Alex M.O.R.P.H., Dark FusionSkynet
00:53:13David ForbesAir Raid
00:57:13GURLI, Will AtkinsonCalling For You
01:00:42Ben GoldDiving Faces
01:04:35Mark WilksIllusion of Separateness
01:10:02Para X, Talla 2XLCFlaming Star
01:14:06Allen Watts, AwakenDetonator
01:18:06Steve AllenI Need You
01:22:09Rion S, SneijderAnother Day (Paul Denton Remix)
01:26:05Pinkque, That GirlBreathe Fire
01:32:02David ForbesDaytona
01:35:52Cold Blue, Julie ScottMad Hatter
01:42:11Asdis, Illenium, Seven LionsNot Even Love (Armin van Buuren Remix)
01:44:13Cohesive, Scott MacSilence Is A Rhythm
01:48:14MarhuLa Monnaie
01:52:25Digital Culture, RAM, Richard DurandSpace Time
01:55:57Dan StoneForever Gone
02:01:37Indecent Noise, onTuneOne More Time
02:05:16D72, T78Throw This
02:09:30Liam WilsonEngage
02:13:43Matty RalphTe Adoro

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