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Brent Silby Curriculum Vitae!

BRENT SILBY

aka

MAESTRO B
Curriculum Vitae
Welcome to the Curriculum Vitae of Brent Silby. This will give you an idea of
the work, education, and projects I have been involved in over the years. My
professional history has covered a range of different areas, so for convenience
I have categorized my work into the following headings:

Education (Background info)

Teaching / Academic (Includes section on Responsibilities)

Articles / Papers / Research in Philosophy and Science

Music Production and DJ Performance

Public Presentations / Talks

Videogame Design and Animation

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For further information: brent.silby@gmail.com
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Brent Silby Curriculum Vitae!

EDUCATION
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
New Zealand Graduate School of Education
Christchurch
New Zealand
Completed 2003
Master of Arts (with Merit)
Department of Philosophy
University of Canterbury
Christchurch
New Zealand
Completed 2000
Bachelor of Arts (with Honors)
Department of Philosophy
University of Canterbury
Christchurch
New Zealand
Completed 1998
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TEACHING / ACADEMIC
April 2004 - Present
I teach Philosophy at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery (formerly Unlimited
Paenga Tawhiti). Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Campus is a secondary school that
provides individualised learning programmes and is suitable for highly
motivated learners. Students are encouraged to manage their own learning,
and in doing so, their learning is enhanced as it is relevant to their interests.
Courses I teach include:

Philosophy

Phil110 - Science: Good, Bad, Bogus (stage 1 University of


Canterbury course, academic support at Unlimited for senior
students)

Phil139 - Ethics, Politics, Justice (stage 1 University of Canterbury


course, academic support at Unlimited for senior students)

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy Through the Centuries

Skepticism: Ghosts, Astrology, and Spook Stuff

Philosophy Inquiry: Student directed research project

From the Big Bang to Evolution

Philosophy of Space and Time

Ethics

Language, Thought, and Consciousness

Are Videogames Art?

Videogame design and programming

DJ music performance and production

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March 2001 - October 2001


Teaching Assistant: Philosophy 139: Ethics and the Good Life
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
September 2000
One off Lecture to Stage 4 Philosophy, "Cognitive Science" course
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury
May 2000 - June 2000
Teaching Assistant: Aristotle: How to live the Good Life
Continuing Education Department, University of Canterbury
March 1998 - October 2002
Teaching Assistant: Philosophy 133: Philosophy and Human Nature
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
March 1998 - October 2002
Teaching Assistant: Philosophy 138: How to be Rational
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
RESPONSIBILITIES
2010 - 2016
Organization of Cafe Philosophy Sessions, hosted at various venues in
Christchurch city.
2010
Organization of Philosophy Conference for Philosophy Teachers (NZAPT) hosted
at Unlimited 23 & 24 September 2010
2010
Organization of Philosophy Conference for secondary school students.
Conference held at University of Canterbury, June 11th

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2009 - Present
Principals Nominee to NZQA, Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery (formerly
Unlimited) school, Christchurch, New Zealand
2009 - Present
Development and maintenance of Philosophy website: www.certaindoubt.org
2009
Part of writing team developing Teaching and Learning Guidelines for
Philosophy as a New Zealand Curriculum subject
Auckland City, July 30th, 31st
2009
Acting Community Leader (Level 3 & 4) Unlimited Northern Tower
First block, Term 3
2009
Part of writing team developing Teaching and Learning Guidelines for
Philosophy as a New Zealand Curriculum subject
Wellington City, June 22nd, 23rd
2009
Organization of Philosophy Conference for secondary school students.
Conference held at University of Canterbury, June 12th
2008 - Present
Outreach, building close working relationship between UPT's Audiodreams
project and Youth oriented White Elephant Trust
2008
Worked with Richard Tweedie (Hagley) and Michael Couch (University of
Canterbury) to organize Philosophy in Secondary Schools Conference

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2007 - Present
Member of Executive Committee for The NZ Association for Philosophy
Teaching (NZAPT)
2007
Community co-ordinator, level 5, Unlimited (UPT)
2007
ICT Systems manager
2007
Worked with Richard Tweedie (Hagley) and Michael Couch (University of
Canterbury) to organize Philosophy in Secondary Schools Conference
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RESEARCH
PAPERS / ARTICLES
1998 - Present
As a result of my research in Philosophy and Science, I have written several
articles. They are listed here:
2016 - Self Driving Cars
2016 - Computers in the Classroom (a Socratic dialog)
2015 - The Atheist and the Agnostic (a Socratic dialog)
2014 - Moral Relativism (a Socratic dialogue)
2014 - Sugar and Hyperactivity in Children (a Socratic dialogue)
2014 - Removal of GST on Fruit and Vegetables (a Socratic dialogue)
2014 - Do Schools Kill Creativity? - A response to Ken Robinson
2013 - Is Problem-Based Learning Superior To Direct Instruction?
2013 - Rethinking Education - Should We Replace Old With New?
2013 - DJ Mix - Autosync: Automation of Art, Loss of Art
2011 - The Ghostly Illusion of Freewill
(CAFE PHILOSOPHY, Jan/Feb 2012 edition)

2010 - Astrology - Does it Work?


2010 - A Great Flood
2009 - The Grand Illusion
2009 - Starchild : Alien or Human?
2008 - A Christmas Question: Should Children Believe in Santa Claus?
2008 - Who Really Owns Music?
2008 - Should Parents Smack Children?
2007 - The Simulated Universe
(PHILOSOPHY NOW (75):28-30, Sep/Oct 2009 ISSN 0961-5970)

2007 - The Immediate Solution to the Climate Crisis


2007 - The Theory of a Mixset
2007 - Is the DJ an Artist?
2006 - Climate Change

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2002 - Nanomachines: A big promise in a small package


2001 - Of course we went to the Moon: A defense of the Lunar Landings
2001 - Correcting the Creationist
2001 - The Human Modification of Earth: Earth's survival is our survival
2000 - Memecosystems: Are Animal Minds Suitable Habitats for Memes?
(published in Robotic Technology Incs Compendium on Memetics 2009)

2000 - Evolution of Technology: Exposing the Myth of Creative Design


(published in Robotic Technology Incs Compendium on Memetics 2009)

2000 - What is a Meme?


(published in Robotic Technology Incs Compendium on Memetics 2009)

2000 - New Worlds, New Hope


2000 - Revealing The Language of Thought (5 Chapter eBook)
1998 - On The Conceivability of Zombies
1998 - On A Distinction Between Access and Phenomenal Consciousness?
1998 - Dretske's Alternative to HOT Theories of Consciousness
1998 - Wittgenstein: Meaning and Representation
(ANALYSIS AND METAPHYSICS Vol. 6, 2007)

1998 - The Problem of Qualia


1998 - Dennett's Reduction of Intentionality
(LINGUISTIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS Vol. 7, Mar 2008)

March 2001 - June 2002


Research Assistant
The Turning Project for the History of Computers under Professor Jack
Copeland and Diane Proudfoot.
Funded by The Royal Society of New Zealand.

Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS / TALKS


September 2015
On computers in the classroom (New Zealand Association for Philosophy
Teachers conference, Auckland, New Zealand)

December 2009
Radio interview for To The Best Of Our Knowledge programme, Wisconsin
Public Radio - syndicated across the US.
October 2009
Presentation: Are Videogames Art? at the Geec-Games in Education day,
uLearn Preconference.
September 2009
Talk on Philosophy in Secondary Schools at the Social Science teaching
conference, hosted at Grand Chancellor Hotel. Click for powerpoint.
September 2009
Interview on 105.7 Pulzar FM about my history as a DJ, the art of DJing, and
the current state of music. Show includes exclusive performance of a live
mixset.
May 2009
Presentation about Philosophy teaching and Audiodreams at Unlimited given on
Information Night at UPT
September 2008
Presentation: How 21st Century Technology Enhances the Philosophical Process
2008 Conference for the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teaching
(NZAPT)

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September 2008
Seminar on Using Games in Learning
Linwood Secondary School / Horizon ICT PD Cluster
September 2008
Presentation on History of Def-Logic
SIGMA (South Island Game Manufacturers' Association) meeting
August 2008
Talk at Christchurch City Youth Conference
White Elephant / UPT
August 2008
Presentation on use of Forums in Learning
Horizon ICT PD Cluster
May 2008
Talk given at release of Youth Conference Report, White Elephant HQ
Click for full speech
May 2008
Presentation about Audiodreams given on Information Night at UPT
October 2007
Presentation on Social Networking technologies (with a focus on Audiodreams'
use of such technologies) at The Secondary Futures conference held at Terrace
Downs
September 2007
Presentation on Philosophy and Individualized Learning at The Philosophy in
Secondary Schools conference

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September 2007
Presentation on the History and Future of the Human Species as part of the
Philosophy Coffeehouse Live Discussion, held with student presenters for an
open audience
June 2007
Presentation on the Origin and Fate of the Universe as part of the Philosophy
Coffeehouse Live Discussion, held with student presenters for an open
audience
October 2006
Presentation on Audiodreams for the Outside of the Square Entrepreneurship
group
September 1998
Seminar: "On The Conceivability of Zombies"
New Zealand Conference for Postgrad Students in Philosophy
Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury
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MUSIC INDUSTRY
I perform, produce music and mixsets under the alias DJ Maestro B. I am
Founder and current President of the NZDJA (New Zealand DJ Association) see: www.nzdja.com
Current Residencies / Regular Shows
Resident DJ at Mashina Lounge (Christchurch Casino)
(2013 - 2016)
Weekly mixshow broadcast on 105.7 PulzarFM dance music station
(www.pulzarfm.co.nz)
(since 2009)

Regular Guest DJ at The Running Bull


(2012)

Resident DJ at Club 22
(2011 - 2012)
Resident DJ at Liquidity (joint with DJ Q)
(2011)
Guest DJ at Concrete Clubs Vodka Room
(2010)
Production of mixed house music sets
(www.Maestro-B.com)
(since 2005)
Guest mixsets on Sunday Retrospective Show, 105.7 PulzarFM
(2010-2014)

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Guest DJ sets at Malbas, Christchurch


(2010)
Co-resident DJ for Q-Club Going Underground, hosted at Graffiti White
(monthly gig)
(2010)
Guest DJ sets at No.8 Wired Bar, Timaru
(2010)
Guest DJ sets at Liquidity, Christchurch City
(2009-2011)
Guest DJ sets at My Bar, Christchurch City
(2010)
Co-Founder, resident DJ for Curious Noise clubnights appearing monthly at
Foam Bar
(2008-2009)
Founder, resident DJ, and event producer for Audiodreams, a project dedicated
to promoting dance music events in Christchurch City.
(since 2006)

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Performance at Events
DJ Performance at dozens of events hosted by major clubs and promoters
including: Audiodreams, PulzarFM, The Bedford, MASSIVE Solstice and Equinox
parties, Club 22, Rinsed, White Elephant, Concrete Club, Ziggy Star, Level 5, Q
Club, Mint:Essential House Music, Base Nightclub, Liquidity, Royal A&P Show,
Double Drop, Laserstrike, Ministry, Capitol Barlounge, The Civic
Past Residencies / Regular Shows

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2009
Lunchtime Pulzar FM Promo - Live Mixset @ CPiT, Tuesdays
www.pulzarfm.co.nz
2007 - 2008
"Audiodreams - The House Sessions", live mixed house music radio show.
Every Thursday 7pm-9pm
White Elephant Radio
2006 - 2008
Supply of mix sets for broadcast on 88.7 Pulzar FM, local dance music station
www.pulzarfm.co.nz
2005 - 2006
Live mix show on Metropolis radio
2001 - 2002
Resident DJ at Carlton Hotel
1998 - 1999
Resident DJ at Carlton Hotel
Guest DJ at Rattlesnake
1997 - 1998
Resident DJ at Sneakers Bar & Cafe
1995 - 1997
Resident DJ at The Palladium Niteclub
1995 - 1996
Resident DJ at Chancery Dance Bar
Guest DJ at Scandals

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Guest DJ at Lochinvars
Guest DJ at The Palladium Niteclub
1994 - 1995
Resident DJ at Equestrian Hotel
Guest DJ at Boatshed bar
1993 - 1994
Resident DJ at Esplanade
1992 - 1993
Resident DJ at Flappers Nitespot
Guest DJ at Chevy's bar
1988 - 1992
Ex-Ray Staging Sound and Lighting

Design, installation and operation of sound and lighting shows

Sound engineering for bands and various shows

Account management

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MUSIC PRODUCTION
I have produced numerous mixsets and radioshows over the years. I have also
produced many remixes, bootlegs, and mashups for use in my own sets. For a
complete download list of my music, including remixes, bootlegs, mashups,
and complete mixsets, visit:
http://www.maestro-b.com/downloads.html

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VIDEOGAME DESIGN / ANIMATION / INTERNET


PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE
Javascript/dhtml, Flash Actionscript 3, Java, PHP, c++, c#, Delphi
2015 - Present
Design and programming of Arcade games for Cerebral Fix, Christchurch based
game publisher. Games are designed to include real money wagering and
returns to player. They are featured on the Prospect Hall website.
2001 - Present
Design and programming of Arcade-Style games for my company, Def-Logic.
The games are web-based and have been licensed to numerous casual game
sites.
GAMEOGRAPHY
The following is a list of all games I have created. The list includes several very
early games which have, unfortunately, been lost.
2015 - Avalanche (demo real money game) Cerebral Fix
2015 - Crystal Shooter (demo real money game) Cerebral Fix
2015 - Cloud 9 (demo real money game) Cerebral Fix
2015 - Doodle Drop (demo real money game) Cerebral Fix
2015 - Casino Heist (real money game) under contract to Cerebral Fix
2015 - Popaloon - (real money version) under contract to Cerebral Fix
2012 - Blastoid
2012 - Lost Hero
2010 - Robot
2010 - Sandpit
2010 - Base Station
2009 - Swarm (port to iPhone by Cerebral Fix)
2008 - Aesop

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2008 - Hive
2008 - Elecktra
2008 - Dante's Inferno
2007 - Skyhigh
2007 - Cortex
2006 - Snapple
2006 - Panic Run
2005 - Flatland
2005 - Dalek
2005 - Swarm
2005 - Dark Age
2005 - Equalizer
2004 - Replicator
2004 - Popaloon
2004 - Fitznik (web version for Screaming Duck Software)
2004 - DNA
2004 - Counter Terror
2004 - Eliminator
2004 - Kenocrush
2004 - Amenra
2003 - Virii
2003 - Holomatrix
2003 - Free Jack
2003 - Event Horizon
2003 - JR Kong
2003 - Apothoesis
2002 - Antarctica
2002 - Defense Unit
2002 - Commando 21c
2002 - Bustn Redzta
2002 - Circle Bobble

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2002 - Balloons and Droids


2002 - Aerial Drop
2001 - Simon Says
2001 - Bug Control
2001 - Music Catcher
1995 - Orbs (MS-Dos)
1986 - Scruples (for Acorn Electron)
1986 - Ghosts and Demons (for Acorn Electron)
1986 - Skier (for Acorn Electron)
1985 - Doodlebugs (for Acorn Electron)
1985 - Suleed (for Acorn Electron)
1984 - Poppy(for Acorn Electron)
1984 - Moon Patrol (for zx81 and version for Acorn Electron)
1983 - Hyper Olympics (for zx81)
1983 - Creepy Cavern (for zx81)
WEBSITES
The following is a list of some sites I have designed and/or maintained over
the years.
www.cafephilosophy.org
www.certaindoubt.org
www.nzapt.net
www.def-logic.com
www.audiodreams.co.nz
www.brentishouse.com
www.unlimited.school.nz
www.apriori.canterbury.ac.nz (2001-2006)
Dept of Philosophy, University of Canterbury (maintenance) to 2004
Dept of Religious Studies, University of Canterbury (maintenance) to 2004
Honey House (all design, scripting, and maintenance) to 2003

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1992 - 1994
SILBY MARKETING

Production of computer animated graphics for advertising clients

Installation of videoscreens in key locations of high traffic flow for display


of advertising

All graphics, animation, audiosync for 30 minute Nursery Rhyme video

for Hughes Leisure Group Australia

Marketing and promotion of advertising system

Accounting, administration