Well, one change only, really, but an important one: the scoring algorithm of the tool I use to create the playlist for my shows. For every day, every tracks get a certain amount of points depending on its placement, and for the final charts all those points are added up and the top 100 tracks are chosen. At least that’s what The Algorithm™ has done before this week, and it didn’t really change much but in a very significant way… because now time (or rather, time in chart) is also being considered! So if a track has been in the charts for quite a long time (and I think we all know which one I’m talking about) its daily score is now reduced by quite the amount and I must say I am happy with the results. All the other tracks around that one track are completely unchanged, only that one track has disappeared. Perfect!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, August 3, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Holy moly, I did not forget to record this week’s show!
I will have to do something about old tracks popping back up, though… not only did Tinlicker climb again (because it’s still in the Top 15 – almost 100 weeks after the release! Madness!) but no, Ben Nicky also made an appearance again and that will not stand. So I will develop something that will weaken the impact of tracks that have in the charts more often than other tracks and I hope I’ll have it ready by next week.
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, July 27, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
I think the weirdest thing about today was that there was a live transmission of some hip hop/electro/rap talent contest between Hamburg’s schools in the park right behind our house so there was a lot of music coming over from there and right now I think there’s Tobi Tobsen (of “Der Tobi & das Bo” and Moonbootica fame) playing some really dope tunes, with lots of bass!
Tinlicker climbing back up to #12 () is not really that weird, at this point it’s more depressing than anything else. It’s been in these charts for 91 weeks, when will it ever be enough?
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, July 6, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Okay, so I guess my show is now four hours long, every week. Could be worse, I guess…
What was worse: a track that I (and others!) had considered finally being lost beyond the Top 50 (and rightfully so, in our very humble opinion) has suddenly made a reappearance, to everybody’s dismay. The charts are really quite mysterious, even when you ignore apparently permanent residents like Tinlicker…
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 29, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Hmm, this is starting to become a thing, apparently: this week’s show was also 3h 54m. Where does the extra music come from? Do people finally realize that “Extended Mixes” with a length of 2:58 are bullshit? One can only hope!
Apart from that today’s show was quite uneventful. My wife joined me a bit (off-camera) and we talked a bit about how our days were and random other stuff (off-mic). And after the set I raided over to @swearyprincess who is still kicking it large as I’m typing this. Give her a follow, that’s an order!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 22, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
The most unusual about this week’s show was its length: 3h 55m. That’s 10 minutes more than normal! One reason for that is that I don’t remember a single track that was shorter than 5 minutes which is awesome. I like my trance long!
A great thing that happened was the raid by @funwithJapi, a Finnish streamer. They brought more than 20 people with them but unfortunately most of them didn’t stay very long. Didn’t stop me, though!
Also unstoppable: motherfricking Tinlicker! After last week’s drop to #35 they were back up at #18 this week, much to @untermnsch’s chagrin. As soon as they will reach their 100th week they will probably break my spreadsheet…
I will play another Top of the Month show on next Friday, in two days, June 10th, at CEST/UTC+2. Don’t miss that!
And if you did miss it, the next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 15th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
I rewrote my chart generator tool and the code is now leaner, better to understand, and faster than before.
It also generates charts that are identical to last week’s charts… which left me puzzling for a bit until I realized what’s wrong and that the previous version of the code probably didn’t have an actual error. The three missing tracks were caused by a change in the algorithm, yes; however, the tool only ever uses a single algorithm for all charts it calculates, including the ones it uses to determine whether a track is a new entry. And because I have changed that algorithm before last week’s show, it didn’t tell me about the missing tracks because according to the new algorithm those tracks were already part of the week before!
Okay, mystery solved, code better than before, I guess that is a great success!
I initially started messing around with the code because I wanted to know how Tinlicker is still in the charts and basically the answer is “because the track never really drops below place 31.” Well, if you’re consistently in the top third of a daily Top 100 you have kind of earned the right to be in a weekly Top 50.
Because there is a bank holiday tomorrow I have taken Friday off, and I will be playing a Top of the Month show! It will start at the usual time of 11:00 UTC+2/CEST to accompany you during lunch and maybe the last hours of your work week (in case you didn’t take the Friday off or don’t actually have this holiday).
The next Top of the Week show will then be on next Wednesday, June 1st, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.