A letter From Stewart Adam, Presidend And Owner Of Creative Audio Works.
I started Creative Audio Works after seeing a need for preservation. As a sound engineer, I’ve worked on many wonderful projects, but preserving memories is far more rewarding – I have the chance to bring people back from the past.
I find that most of the people who contact me at Creative Audio Works are “Baby Boomers.” For this generation, personal electronics were newly affordable to the masses. “Boomers” were the first generation of people to carry a radio or record and listen to their voices on tape or disc. For the first time, families could capture special occasions like birthdays, recitals, and other significant moments to save for the future – like an old picture.
Many of those recordings were lost or packed away in the attic. When found, the sound has been confined on a recording medium that’s no longer in use. Most of the playback machines initially used to record and play tapes and discs are considered “vintage” by today’s standard. At Creative Audio Works, we specialize in the transfer of analog audio recorded on mediums spanning the past 90 years.
While I opened this business in 2006, my audio career began in the music industry over three decades ago. I traveled the country in a remote truck, recording concert albums for B.B. King, Joan Armatrading, The Hank Jones Trio, and Sha Na Na. I also spent time recording live concerts for The King Biscuit Flower Hour, including Roxy Music, Steve Forbet, Canned Heat, McGuinn Clark and Hillman, and Aerosmith. More recently, I worked on the Oscar-nominated documentary On Tip Toe, a film about Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the African singers that backed up Paul Simon on Graceland.
From there, I shifted towards film and video. I’ve had the opportunity to work on corporate projects for big-name companies like McDonalds and Ocean Spray; political advertisements; documentaries like “Road to Reconciliation;” and historical accounts like “Traces of the Trade” and “The War” by Ken Burns.
I love this work, and I appreciate my customers entrusting me with their creative pursuits and precious memories. Believe me, I don’t take the responsibility lightly.
If you have a project in mind, I’d love to hear about it. Reach out to [email protected], and let me know what’s on your mind.
All my best,