Lunch Trance – 2023-03-08 – Top of the Week

What a nice, relaxing show with a bunch of new tracks by the likes of Kenny Palmer, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Hiromori Aso, Hel:sløwed & Ava Silver—wait a minute.

I don’t remember playing that one.

What is going on here?! (Image by Pixabay)

Turns out, I didn’t play it!

Story time: I keep my MP3s organized and neatly labeled; artist, track, and remix name all go into the file name. And while the colon (and the ø) of “Hel:sløwed” is a perfectly valid character for file names on macOS, it seems to have gotten lost on its way to the other macOS machine which is responsible for getting music onto the DJ console. Good ol’ rsync is used for that and it doesn’t seem to like the colon too much… and it turns it—seriously, of all the goddamn characters it could it into—a fucking slash! 😠 Which, to be fair, is also a valid character for files on macOS so why is this an issue? Because the Denon DJ software finally is the one who cannot handle it and the file has simply been missing, leading to me not being able to play it. 😥

(Correction: rsync didn’t actually change anything, the file was still there, with a colon right in it. However, as you can read here, macOS at some point used the colon as a path separator and there are layers in macOS that change a colon to a slash, and there are other layers that change slashes to colons! Compatibility shit is really weird. Anyway, the final point of the analysis is still correct: the Denon software couldn’t handle the file and ignored it.)

I’ll make it up to you next time!

The next show will happen on Wednesday, March 15, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-03-01 – Top of the Week

Holy crap, tonight was exceptional! There were a number of names among the new entries that I was a bit excited about and I was totally not disappointed. I don’t think I ever marked as many tracks as “I like this!” (the ☆ icon on my trusty spreadsheet) as I did today, and I even discovered a few tracks I really liked among the tracks from last week! Apparently I didn’t pay enough attention then… 😁

The next show will happen on Wednesday, March 8, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-02-22 – Top of the Week



Did I? Did I not?

Who knows. It was a good show either way; there were new tracks by Yoshi & Razner, by Metta & Glyde, and even a new Ben Nicky & Distorted Dreams!


I’m not sure the third remix of “Adagio for Strings” within six months or so was really necessary but well, there it is.

And to answer that earlier question, yes, I did! 😁

The next show will happen on Wednesday, March 1, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-02-15 – Top of the Week

It’s been a while since I forgot to hit the 🔴 Record button so it was bound to happen eventually! So… what do?

Okay, I could simply say, “oh, well, I guess you should have been there.” I mean, that’s still a possibility but maybe I can actually try to use…

Technology! \o/

Okay… so, Twitch keeps recordings of my latest shows. Maybe I can somehow get it from there? Okay, yeah, looks good, it’s giving me a 2.9 GiB video file. It even has audio in rather decent quality (though it has been reencoded)… but wait.

I don’t remember taking that many breaks…

The gaps are from where Twitch has muted the audio because of copyright-protected tracks. I can kind of live with Twitch muting those when I publish the video but when I download it for private use I do expect to get the original, unmuted audio.

Okay… so, Twitch can also export the video to YouTube. Maybe, seeing that YouTube has all its own shit to deal with copyright-protected material, Twitch will actually export the original audio to YouTube? Alright, let’s check… oh, wait, YouTube first needs to process my video…

“No, really, I’m processing it right now!”

[30 minutes later…]

Okay… so, YouTube also only gets the muted audio from Twitch. Plus due to the low resolution of my video (I’m only streaming at 720p) YouTube has turned my video into pixel mush and my audio into a recording made inside a trash can (96 kbps AAC).

I guess you should have been there after all.

(Sorry! ❤️)

The next show will happen on Wednesday, February 22, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1. (And maybe I’ll even press the 🔴 Record button!)

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Lunch Trance – 2023-02-01 – Top of the Week

Wow, January has passed like a flash, that sure didn’t take long!

We had a new remix of a Rank 1 track that I have been looking forward to since I started prepping this show, we had a new single by Kenny Palmer, and some Sam Laxton to top it off. I enjoyed this show very much, and now you can, too:


The next show will happen on Wednesday, February 8, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-01-25 – Top of the Week

The new year seems to have picked up the pace because this week we again had more than 20 new entries, and some of them I even liked, like, a lot!

Apart from that there’s not much news… the cats still have some kind of truce that gets punctuated by tiny skirmishes every now and then, even though Monty gets more approachable and cuddly every week. Soon it’s going to be a year that he’s with us…

Time flies! It does when you have cats and it also did for me during the show! The first time I looked at the clock to see how much longer I’d be playing I was already more than 2 hours in. That’s a good sign that I enjoyed myself, and I really hope that if you watched, you did too, and if you didn’t, that you will, once you listen to it. ❤️


The next show will happen on Wednesday, February 1, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-01-18 – Top of the Week

The Heating is back on, since Thursday last week. It’s almost indescribable how good it feels to be able to take a shower with actual warm water!

Chart-wise the new year seems to have started: 22 new entries, including a remix of Careless Whisper. I did not expect to play Careless Whisper in my show. Ever. 😄


The next show will happen on Wednesday, January 25, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-01-11 – Top of the Week

Heating is still out. It’s not funny anymore!

The charts of this week were looking weird—there were only two new entries! And instead of the usual slew of new entries we had many re-entries that were last on the show weeks or even months ago… I’m guessing that’s because all those tracks are really good (they are!) and people have been hearing them again during the bombardment of all the end-of-the-year shows and decided to buy them. Great choice!

We also now have another version of Children, this time by Made of Light, and it’s pretty decent, too! (The Tinlicker version is still on #13 in the Beatport charts, though… unbelievable.)

But why am I talking about this when you can just listen to it?


The next show will happen on Wednesday, January 18, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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Lunch Trance – 2023-01-04 – Top of the Week

2023 has started and at least some things are off to a very bad start: heating and warm water is still out because the facility management company is waiting for the manufacturer of the heating system because apparently said heating system needs a password that nobody in the facility management company has. I bet it’s “admin.” They should have asked me!

As there was no Top of the Week show last week I decided to simply play all 50 tracks of today’s show; next week we will get back to enjoying a smaller selection!


The next show will happen on Wednesday, January 11, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1.

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