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Sonic memorial for a DJ extraordinaire
Benefit concert honors music enthusiast, turntablist, and U-Me New Media graduate Mark Seiler.
By Jon Ippolito

Sunday, Dec. 11th 2005
8pm
Ushuaia
103 Park Street (behind the Credit Union)
Orono, ME
207-866-7700


Friends and former collaborators of U-Me alumnus Mark Seiler will perform at a benefit concert at the club Ushuaia at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 11. Seiler, who died last month, was renowned in the New Media program and among local musicians for his singular devotion to the craft and enjoyment of music.



Seiler, AKA DJ Phonicoid, was an unmistakable presence on the local music scene. As Pattie Barry wrote in the Maine Campus,

"The list of accomplishments is long: He's performed with This Car Climbed Mount Washington, Skawabunga and Overdub, formerly known as Plan B. He spun records between acts at Wednesdays' Open Mic at Soma 36 and hasn't missed an electronica show at Ushuaia in years. He made guest appearances on WMEB and spun countless house parties. He once moderated the ska/punk folder on FirstClass and dominated the DJ tent at Bumstock for several years. He mirrored the world-famous Online Guitar Archive, OLGA, on his server, was the original Union Loiterer and literally owned Moby's soul [he bought it on eBay]. And that list barely even scratches the surface."

An audiophile who owned over 3,000 records in every genre, Seiler applied his perfectionist talents to create "the perfect scratch record" for use by other DJs. The result, a translucent blue LP with impeccably synchronized breaks, sold widely in America and Europe. The remaining copies of this extraordinary record will be distributed for free at the concert to anyone who requests one.

You can download or stream audio samples of Mark Seiler's recordings and live performances from his Web site, www.phonicoid.com.

You can also learn more about Seiler's life and work at this Bangor Daily News article.

Directions to Ushuaia
North / South
I-95 take Exit 50 (Kelly Rd), off exit take right follow straight till inspection with Rt 2. Take left onto Rt 2 East follow for about 2.5 miles, Ushuaia will be on the right directly across from entrance to U-Maine, Orono.

Advanced tickets for all Ushuaia shows are available at Bull Moose Music.



Photo credits: Top two images courtesy of Myke Billings; bottom image courtesy of Seiler Estate, all via markseiler.com.

Updated: 2006-03-22 by John Bell
Posted 2005-12-13 13:25:15 by Jon Ippolito
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