Mark Vidler’s collection of mashup songs

You know I told you about music mashups, DJs mixing different songs into one coherent whole?
Go Home Production’s mashup album No. 3
Well, one of the masters of the game, Britain’s Mark Vidler, is releasing his whole collection of “bastard pop” remixes making them available for download.

Mark is better known as the man behind Go Home Productions.

There are no less than 16 albums of mashups, remixes, rarities, MTV jingles and radio snippets, the mashup albums being in majority.

Some of the tracks are just brilliant, and I am amazed to see how he is able to make jointless seams between artists from totally different traditions. He can mix Eminem with Paul McCartney, 10cc with Marvin Gaye, Disney’s Pinnocchio with the Beatles, the Beastie Boys with Las Ketchup and ABBA with Echo and the Bunnymen.

All right, some of these tracks are mostly for fun, but most of them stand solidly on their own two tracks!

Moreover, I enjoy his ability to use material from the last four decades. This is like a revisit to my own record collection. Hm, I must be getting old…

Here is one of my favorites: A mix of Blondie and the Doors courtesy of Mark Vidler. The video — which is edited by a fan — features the Gorillaz, but that band has absolutely nothing to do with the soundtrack.

And here’s one mixing Disney’s I’ve Got No Strings (yepp, the one with Pinochio), Radiohead’s Creep and The Beatles’ Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, called — of course — Pinocchiohead On LSD.

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The autonomous Nordic employee

Nordic success may partly be caused by the autonomy and learning capabilities of the employees

In my post on the Norwegian Puzzle – i.e. the fact that Norway is one of the richest and most productive countries in the world in spite of seemingly low R&D investments — I pointed out that there may be socio-cultural explanations for the Norwegian ability to innovate and modernize.

However, I also noted that we have no statistics that can underpin such arguments.

It actually turns out that we have!

In a chapter in a forthcoming book from Edgar (Caraianniss, Kaloudis og Mariussen 2008) Åge Mariussen of NIFU STEP will present research based on the European Working Condition Survey.

In this survey approximately 1000 employed or self-employed in each country are asked about their work (27 countries all in all).

They are for instance asked about who determines the pace of work.

“At this point,” Åge points out, “most Nordics (73% in Denmark, 78% in Norway) say that some external actor, such as the customer, determines their deadlines, as opposed to 68% in the entire EU27. In a somewhat more restricted form of work organization, which may have similarities to a hierarchical organization, one would expect the boss (a superior) to be monitoring progress.”

The percentage of Europeans reporting that their boss is monitoring their progress (35.7% in EU27, 47% in UK) is indeed much higher than in the Nordic area. (Sweden, 16.4%, Finland 15.5%.)

Åge argues that autonomous actors more easily will learning new things and apply new ideas at work, thus making the organization more flexible and innovative:

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