Justin Bianco was born in South Africa in 1983 and moved to the San Francisco bay area with his family soon afterward. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is self-employed as an iOS app developer, musician, and author.
Justin began making music as soon as he could reach the keys of the family piano. He later learned how to play both it and the violin via the Suzuki method, but gave up the latter after several years of instruction in order to focus his efforts on just one instrument. He played almost entirely by ear, memorizing pieces and writing some of his own. He performed one of his first compositions, “Dragonfly in Amber,” at age twelve.
In his teens, Justin discovered electronic music and began creating completely different songs. Today, his electronic music is more mellow and his solo piano compositions more lively, but he continues to release albums in each realm. His 2010 release, “RE” (under the pseudonym Ambulephabus,) is a more percussive re-imagining of his 2009 solo piano album, “Kingdom Crumble.”
In 2006, Justin signed with Magnatune, a non-exclusive record label that promoted an alternative view of how the music industry could work. They let customers stream entire albums ahead of time, let them choose how much they wanted to pay for an album, gave musicians half, and pioneered the sale of DRM-free music before moving to a subscription-based model in 2010. Justin released seven albums with Magnatune before ending his contract in early 2012.
In 2009, two of Justin’s songs from the album “Blackbird” were featured on the feature-length film, Etienne!, and in 2011 his song “End of Man” was used as part of a promotional video for Lana Del Rey’s song, “Blue Jeans.”
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Design & Production
Justin firmly believes that every facet of a product should work to reinforce its core purpose and vision, and he has personally designed and produced every album since he began recording his own compositions in 2001. He is solely responsible the overall design and layout of his book, Shipyard Rook, and painstakingly creates and refines the interface elements and icons used for each app he develops.
In 2010, facing years of economic constriction, Justin quit his day job and began working for himself as an iOS app developer. As the lead developer for MGS Development, he has played a primary role in business operations and has been largely responsible for the continued refinement and expansion of forScore, the music reader for iPad.
In 2011, he started his own company, Springbok, around the concept that small business must be responsible, appropriately sized, and that they should contribute to the world around them in a way that individuals cannot. As such, Justin donates a portion of all proceeds from his card game, King’s Corner, to the World Wildlife Fund.
Justin self-published his first novel, Shipyard Rook, in late 2011. He is currently working on his second book, a work of non-fiction aimed at giving aspiring developers the tools they need to start their own businesses.