Brent Silby Curriculum Vitae!

BRENT SILBY

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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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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
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Phil110 - Science: Good, Bad, Bogus (stage 1 University of
Canterbury course, academic support at Unlimited for senior
students)

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Phil139 - Ethics, Politics, Justice (stage 1 University of Canterbury
course, academic support at Unlimited for senior students)

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Philosophy of Mind

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Philosophy of Religion

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Philosophy Through the Centuries

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Skepticism: Ghosts, Astrology, and Spook Stuff

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Philosophy Inquiry: Student directed research project

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From the Big Bang to Evolution

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Philosophy of Space and Time

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Ethics

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Language, Thought, and Consciousness

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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

Principal’s 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 Inc’s Compendium on Memetics 2009)


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

(published in Robotic Technology Inc’s Compendium on Memetics 2009)


2000 - What is a Meme?

(published in Robotic Technology Inc’s 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.


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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 DJ’ing, 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 Club’s 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

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for Hughes Leisure Group Australia

Marketing and promotion of advertising system

Accounting, administration