Lunch Trance – 2022-06-01 – Top of the Week

Not much to tell this week, there were about a dozen new entries, we had a new remix of a Ben Nicky track, Tinlicker dropped a bit to #35, and we got a new #1 with Ben Gold’s “Rest of Our Lives.”

The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 8th, at 🕖 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.

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Lunch Trance – 2022-05-25 – Top of the Week

I rewrote my chart generator tool and the code is now leaner, better to understand, and faster than before.

Great Success! - Borat - quickmeme
Borat agrees: Great success!

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.

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Lunch Trance – 2022-05-18 – Top of the Week

This week was a wild ride. First one of the best tracks of the last weeks was suddenly at #45 or something like that (Plumb’s “Same Sky Same Stars,” if you must know) and then I discovered that I was missing not one, not two, but three tracks! Tracks that my tool should have told me to download but didn’t. And the charts themselves are looking rather weird again so I probably broke something when I added some functionality that lets me evaluate a track’s movement through the charts over time. So I guess I need to spend more time debugging that mess!

The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 25th, at 🕖 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.

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Lunch Trance – 2022-05-11 – Top of the Week

Okay, the second week with the new algorithm behaves a bit like I predicted, there were only six new entries. I’m very interested to see what amount of new tracks per week it will stabilize on and also if reducing the number of new entries makes the show less interesting because most of the tracks are already known? I have no idea, I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

In more important news, The New Cat™ is slowly, very slowly warming up to us three. Most of the time he still starts to run off as soon as there’s hectic movement but being allowed to pet him for a second or three is starting to look like a possibility! He’s also still quite wary of our other cat but at least during food time the proximity between the two can be reduced to almost zero… at least as long as they’re eating and nobody tries to eat the other one’s food. 😁

Also, Tinlicker dropped down to #46! Is that the lowest position that song ever had in these charts? Quite possible!

https://www.mixcloud.com/Tanzwart/lunch-trance-2022-05-11/

The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 18th, at 🕖 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.

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Lunch Trance – 2022-05-04 – Top of the Week

Last night, when I was preparing the tracks for today’s show, I noticed that apparently I was generating the weekly charts from the charts of a single day… which does give you a kind of nice snapshot but was somehow not what I intended it to be! So I fixed the bug in the software that I have written especially to generate these charts and believe with absolute certainty that my code is now 100% bug-free. Guaranteed!

I do wonder how this is going to influence the charts in the future… my current assumption is that there will be less movement because actually calculating the charts over seven days instead of one acts like a lowpass filter and thus should smooth out any hectic motion. Normally we do have around 20 new entries, and the generated list for today gave me 15 new entries which is a bit more than I would expect. But we will totally have to wait and see how this all plays out. I’m looking forward to next week already!

Also, Tinlicker is still in, nothing changed about that. 😄

The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 11th, at 🕖 19:00 CEST/UTC+2. I might play a Top of the Month show this weekend, stay tuned for more info!

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End of the Hiatus

Huh, I never really talked on this blog about what happened and why I stopped doing shows… I guess I should really do that, and probably should have done that back in February already. Shame on me!

So, what happened? Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances (macOS upgrades, firmware upgrades, more upgrades, other upgrades) the SSD in my DJ MacBook died. The original SSD was way too small to contain all the music I had collected over the decades so restoring from backup wasn’t happening. Getting a replacement SSD for that particular MacBook was out of the question as well because the SSDs in those MacBooks are not standard SSDs. My other MacBook also didn’t have enough storage so it couldn’t be of any help, either. Sheeit.

After restoring basic functionality by putting in the original SSD I was able to put enough music on it to play the show in March. At the time I had already decided that I wanted to get the Denon DJ Prime 4 🤩 but held off on the purchase due to my then-suboptimal financial circumstances, what with being unemployed and all.

The weeks went by, turned to months, I found a new job, and at the end of August I felt financially secure enough to pull the trigger on the Prime 4. It was supposed to be delivered within 2–5 days which turned into 8 weeks at some point and then went down again and up and it was just like a rollercoaster, only I got sadder riding it every day. 😢

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and so, last week I finally could hold it in my hands and it is huge, it is beautiful, and the outer of the three boxes it came in immediately drew blood🩸. According to my magic 🧙 studies this means it will last forever?

Anyway, I recently checked the software side of the whole situation, i.e. the streaming side, and I only had to reinstall one driver and recreate one configuration, all the rest still seems to be working! Of course, not using Traktor anymore means that I will for now lose the ability to show track titles on the stream automatically but that only means that I will have to enter them manually, like in ancient times. I am working on a solution for that, though: the Denon players expose a lot of information about what the DJ is doing but of course it is using a proprietary protocol named StagelinQ which will require a lot of digging and trial-and-error to figure out. The future might be bright!

In order to get back on track (because I really, really like doing the weekly chart shows) I think I will start slowly, doing maybe one show every weekend. The first shows I will be doing will be Top of the Month shows (starting with February 2021) so you can catch up with all the great tracks released in the last ten months and once we are all caught up (which might be in next February, I guess) I will switch to doing my weekly chart shows again.

Or maybe I’ll do both a show during the week and one on the weekend? I am not sure yet… it may very well be that once I start doing shows again I won’t settle for anything less than ALL THE SHOWS EVERY DAY but I have picked up a couple of other regular appointments during the week which I do not want to give up at this time. 🙂

Anyway. This saturday, November 6, 2021, starting at 11:00 CET/UTC+1 (for old times’ sake) I will be streaming the charts from February 2021, in the same place where it always happened, on my channel on Twitch. I expect you all to be there! 🥳🎉

Lunch Trance – 2020-11-02 – Top of the Week – CANCELED

Due to unforeseen circumstances involving Windows today’s stream had to be canceled. The video encoder in the GPU could not be persuaded to render more than 2 frames per second which you of course only notice once you actually start the stream. I’m sorry that an announcement went out but there wasn’t any stream.

The Top of the Week show will be broadcast on wednesday, if I can get the machine ready until then.