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Pino Guarraci was born in Genk (Belgium) on 18 March 1956. During his stay at the primary school at the Institute for Visually Handicapped in St.-Lambrechts-Woluwe (Brussels), he finished a 5-year music course: theory of music, piano and percussion.

From 1975 until 1984 he played keyboard in several bands, the symphonic rock band Clown being the most famous.

In January 1985 Pino Guarraci, self-employed, set up his own sound recording studio, STUDIO 8. Very soon the 8-track studio was upgraded to a 16-track recording system.
At the end of 1989 plans were made for a unique and huge project: STUDIO CRESCENDO N.V. A one-man business would turn out to become a top-ranking sound recording studio. On 5 October 1992 the works for a brand new sound recording studio were started. Six months later Studio Crescendo became operational.

In 1997, during his yearly stay at the Music Fair in Frankfurt, Pino got in contact with a Swedish company. They could provide him with an ingenious system to convert the visual content of an LCD-screen into Braille and speech technology. After two years of negotiations with the "Flemish fund for social integration
of people with a handicap", the 75,000 euro needed to finance the system, were awarded. Studio Crescendo became the first recording studio in the world to be equipped with such a system.

The latest challenge was computer and software based digital recording. To adept this complex recording system for his needs, Pino could again rely on the same fund that backed him up before. An American company provided Studio Crescendo with the most up-to-date equipment available on the market.
 
Pino at the control room
Pino at the control room
Braille display, detail
Braille display, detail
Braille display
Braille display