David Strattford
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David Strattford

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | INDIE

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | INDIE
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On the morning of July 8th, 1990, I started out for Kelowna. It was another beautiful, warm, sunny day in the rockies and all was going well, that is till I was about 10 km out of Golden B.C. and I hit some rock in the middle of the road. I hit it with such force that my car crossed the highway and flew over a 750-foot cliff. A helicopter and paramedics came. After stabilizing me I was air lifted to Calgary's Foothills Hospital where it was determined that I had double vision, a broken neck, broken back, paralyzed from the neck down, a dislocated and broken hip, a broken leg etc., etc., etc. The Doctors did not think I would make through the night. I feel very lucky to be alive and for the most part I'm back to normal (well as normal as I ever was). To all those who sent flowers, cards, letters, called and came to visit . . . THANK YOU ! I never could have made it without your help and support. You really did make the difference.



July 1993

By Steve Mason
Media One’s Digital Sound Guru

A monthly newsletter from Media One Communications.

This month, Soundbytes features some of Calgary's hottest composers. This group of talented musicians has each been creating magic for many years. Over time, each of them has crafted their own unique trademark style.

We are showcasing their roots and their talents this month as an introduction to our custom music scoring service . . . from jingles, to commercial beds to complete soundscores for film and video, we've got it covered! Together with our in-house digital sound design studio, we plan to bring another dimension of quality to your projects. Later this month, look for a cassette demo to be arriving featuring samples of these five composers.

David has to his credit an impressive list of accomplishments. At the age of eight, he began studying music, and by the time he was eighteen he had written his first original music score for TV. In the early eighties, David opened Trax Digital Recording, a music-for-film-and-video studio, in its prime; the studio had a staff of fourteen musicians. Since then, Trax has closed its doors, and he now maintains a one-man shop.

David is a "mover and a shaker" in the music scene; he is the founding Director of the international competition, The Canadian Songwriting Contest. He is also the author of eight books, including The Midi Conductor and has been nominated for the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize for contributions to the Canadian Music Industry.

His extensive background in music has taken him through Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan and England, engineering and producing music projects.

Currently, David is producer of the Lite 96 CHFM Songwriting Competition album, due for pre-release later this summer. - Media One Communications


Volume 1, Issue 6

May 1989

One thing that is vital to making a high quality production is sound. Whether it be for background "atmosphere," a full-blown score, or even a jingle for your corporate commercials, few producers worth their salt underestimate the importance of the audio tracks when it comes to the final "feel" of their work.

As in other branches of the entertainment industry and the various offshoots of that biz, Calgary offers a host of professional production studios that among them should be able to fill just about any required audio bill, from the afore mentioned jingle factories to a place where the budding rock band can get its first demos recorded professionally.

This month Reel Network decided to aim its spyglasses at a few of these arcane halls of audio wizardry and, though this is by no means a complete gazetteer of every studio in the city, if s an interesting mix of what's available to the producer no matter what his or her budget might be.

Since we needed to start somewhere, we thought we would take it in chronological order, with the oldest studio going first. That is TRAX Digital Recording Studios in Southwest Calgary. The brainchild of David Strattford, TRAX has been around for about seven years now and business seems to be booming.

Strattford, who wears the many hats of musician, producer, engineer, and author, wrote his first television score at the tender age of 18 and has also been involved in various musical groups and organizations.

Since the early beginnings of TRAX, though, Strattford found himself "Going backwards in business," working at projects he didn't find particularly rewarding but which paid the salaries of his five person staff. After some soul searching and reorganization a new version of TRAX was started, aimed specifically at scoring for film and video production. It was a move Strattford has never regretted, nor has he ever looked back, going on to write, produce, and record various scores since then.

TRAX uses digital equipment to produce most of its musical sounds, taking advantage of 762 digital MIDI tracks with SMPTE time code lockup. How ever, "Sometimes a client asks for real instruments to be used instead of electronic ones and we also incorporate those into the scores."

Among other projects, TRAX is currently putting its expertise into two skiing films for a summer completion. Strattford says "We only do film and video now and since we specialize we can concentrate on that and do a better job. Our hardware and software let us turn out the best finished result possible."

It also helps TRAX get its work done quickly and efficiently. How quickly? We can score a half hour television show in a week," Strattford says. The studio also offers complete printouts of the various scores laid down for a particular project. A nice touch that, according to Strattford, "Is all part of the service." TRAX Studios are located at #708, 9600 Southland Circle S.W., phone 252-9275.
- Reel NETWORK Newsletter

"New Faces"

NBC Hawaii News 8 &
K5 The Home Team

Off Nimitz News
March 30, 2001

Engineering welcomes David Strattford and Ricky Lumford. David is currently a part-timer and moves into a full-time position in April. Most recently, he owned Trax, an audio engineering and recording studio operating here and in Canada. David's interesting background includes positions as a magazine photographer, an audio engineer and public relations / advertising. Originally, from Canada, he and his wife, Loraine moved to Hawaii 7 years ago. They spend a portion of each day at the beach having coffee in the morning and taking sunset walks in the evening. - NBC NEWS 8 & K5 THE HOME TEAM

"6th Annual Hawaii Music Awards"

2002 - presented 2003

Meditation Album of the Year
Ocean / David Strattford

Governor Ben Cayetano's Fine Arts Award
Neva Rego

Mayor Jeremy Harris's Performing Arts Award
Royal Hawaiian Band Aaron Mahi

Music Educator of the Year (3 honorees)
Charley Regua / Band Farrington High School
Mary Taylor / Choir & Piano Farrington High School
Catherine Payne / Principal Farrington High School

Music Students of the Year Roosevelt High School
Jennifer Lau, Kent Nishimura, Michael Foumai, Michael Maeda Leilehua High School Melissa Hernaez, Jasmine Narca, Lacey Fry Kekaulike High School (Maui) Megan Nakashima, Michelle Sagario, Gabriella Wimberly Hartman Farrington High School Jordan Segundo, Brandon James Valdez, Marissa Buendicho Kauai High School (Kauai) Steven Javinar, Stacey Sueoka

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year
Raiatea Helm

Group of the Year

Loyal Garner Award (4 honorees)
The Brew Moon
KHUI 99.5 Breeze
Kapono's (Aloha Tower Marketplace)
William G. Meyer III

Music Innovation Award
Aloha Radio Network / Aloha Joe

Entertainer of the Year
Society of Seven Las Vegas

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
Coolest Drop of Rain / Daniel Ho

Anthology Album of the Year
Best of Flyin Hawaii Vol 3

Compilation Album of the Year
A Place Called Hawaii - Aloha JOE

Contemporary Album of the Year
Something to Remember / Danny Couch

Country Music Album
Keith Scott & Friends / Country Soul

Blues Album of the Year
Live Blues / Chance Gardner

Children's Album of the Year
Let There Be Peace On Earth / Allison

Classical Album of the Year
Sweet Dreaming / Greg & Junko MacDonald

Comedy Album of the Year
Locally Disturbed / Augie Tulba

Folk Album of the Year
Can't Sing Records / Larry Gallagher

Instrumental Hawaiian Album
Sunday Morning / Jake Shimabukuro

Hip Hop Album of the Year
B.E.T. Volume 3

Inspirational Album of the Year
Trust Him / Jan Brenner

Island Music Album of the Year
Satisfied / Keahiwai

Latin Music Album of the Year
Exotica Hawaii

New Age Album of the Year
After the Rain / El Lopez

Paniolo Album of the Year
Second Thoughts / Bradda Francis

Patriotic Album of the Year
Lest We Forget / Patriots

Polynesian Album of the Year
Pacific Soul

Pop Album of the Year

Rap Album of the Year
The Revolution / Tiki Entertainment

Rhythm & Blues Album of the Year
Fly Away / Lehua

Reggae Album of the Year
I Belong To You / Norm

Rock Album of the Year
Fate Stepped In / Chance Gardner

Seasonal Album of the Year (2 winners)
Maui Merry Christmas / Don Kauli'a
O Ka Lei La'i / Keith & Carmen Haugen

Slack Key Album of the Year
Aloha Kaikua'ana / John Keawe

Traditional Hawaii Album of the Year
E Apo Mai / Nathan Aweau

World Music Album of the Year
Shaka Jambe - Honolulu Advertiser


- TRAX – Colors – New Folk Singers - David Strattford, Robin Henry, Joanne Gyorffy - 1967
- TRAX - When You Need A Friend – David Strattford - New Folk Singers - David Strattford, Robin Henry, Joanne Gyorffy - 1967
- TRAX – Whymsical – David Strattford, Robin Henry, Tim Henry, Joe Shelley – Travel leisure TV Theme - 1968

Record Albums
- TRAX – Harmony – David Strattford & Rick Corbet - 1976

Singles (CD)
- Lawaiian – TRAX - David Strattford - 2004 Won an Honour Award in the 2005 Great American Songwriting Contest

- Funktropolis – 4 Song EP – TRAX - 2004

Music CDs
- Musical Shorts - 99 Cuts – TRAX – Instrumental Library Music DVD – David Strattford (2008) - Won A GrIndie Award May 2009.
- TRAX – by David Strattford – Romantic Classics on Piano - Classical CD of the Year - 2007
- David Strattford & Friends – TRAX – (2005)

Meditation and New Age Releases
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Migraine Relief (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Insomnia Relief (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Chronic Pain Relief (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Ocean (2002) - Meditation CD of The Year 2002
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Ocean / New Age Piano (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Ocean / Classical Piano (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Stream / New Age Piano (2002)
- RelaxTRAX – by David Strattford – Power Nap

- David Strattford’s Christmas Series – TRAX – (1992 to 2006)
- David Strattford’s Christmas Guitar – TRAX – (2007)
- TRAX Records – Mele Kalikimaka (2003)

For Television:
- Whymsical – 1968 – 1st score for TV – Travel Leisure TV Show Theme
- Multiple Pieces for Liquid Hawaii TV Show – 2003
- Hundreds of Radio & TV Ads (1983 to Present)
- Dozens of Industrial Video Sound Tracks – (1983 to Present

Music Videos
- Cindy Warren
- The Ink Spots

Advertising Clients
- Calgary Herald
- Petro Canada
- Shell
- Grama Lees
- The Calgary Stampede
- The Parker Group
- CFAC Radio
- MacDonalds
- Taco Time
- McKim Advertising
- Calgary Chevy dealers
- Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
- The Country Music Association
- Francis, Williams and Johnson Advertising
- Molsons
- The Westin
- Calaway Park
- Palmer Jarvis Advertising
- Trans Alta Utilities
- Husky Oil
- Dome Advertising
- Cooper Hayes Advertising
- Hayhurst communications
- Baker Lovick Advertising
- . . . and many more

Produced and/or Engineered and/or Arranged Projects For . . .
- Dee Hodge
- Bob McFarlane
- Ken Shoults
- The Ink Spots
- Pico Payne
- James Dykes
- Ken Chabra
- Kathryn Rushent
- Carey Parder
- Bruce Mowat
- Harmony
- Dennis Ah Yek
- Rachel Victoria
- John Toalson
- Ralph Johnson
- Mel Smith
- Ken Shoults
- Lani Sill
- Bruce Leitl
- Harvey Moeai
- Joyce Kelly and Gordon Shoults
- Standing Room Only
- Rick Reb’ll
- Pamela Morasch
- Stan Rubens
- Kalehua (Stuart) Featheran
- Miles Matulionis
- Helmar Basedow
- Harriet Schock
- Miles Jackson
- Tommy Mckillip
- Brent Saklofske
- Richard Harrow
- Stratus
- Susan Kuelken
- Stan Foster
- Connie White
- Demetrio Navarro
- Jerry Proppe
- Bob Lively
- Moreno Pagliero
- Ted Alexander
- Hal Redekop
- Scott Fooks
- KC Foore
- Alton Waiamau
- Cat (Cathy) Waiamau
- Yoshi



David’s audio / video / music production skills are considered by many to be among the best in the world.

Musician: A musician since age 8. Plays guitar, bass, and keyboards. Wrote first musical score for television at age 18 - more than 3,000 pieces of music since.

Audio Engineer: Graduated from Jonathan Sound’s “Advanced Audio Engineering” class in 1979. As an audio recording studio owner / engineer, worked on hundreds of projects for recording artists, TV, radio, video and film.

Music Producer: Produced acts from the US, Canada, England, Japan and Hong Kong.

MIDI Programmer: MIDI programmer since 1983. Programmed more than 10,000 pieces of music since.

Video Producer: Studied video production through the Calgary Board of Education and at Avicom, Calgary (Panasonic's Industrial Video Distributor). Shot music videos for Cindy Warren and The Ink Spots.

Computers: I have used computers since 1983 - Commodore 64, Yamaha MSX, ATARI, Macintosh, and PC. I currently use PCs and own / use more than 200 programs.

Software Trainer: Started 'Music Software Hawaii'. Our slogan was “We Teach What We Sell.” Taught musicians how to use all the latest and greatest music and audio production software.

Management: I have been a CEO, Director, Chairman, and President and have managed many people, projects, and companies.

Public Relations Specialist: I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Relations and more than 10 years corporate, private and government experience.

Photographer: Studied at the New York Institute of Photography and shot covers for Ventures and Travel Leisure magazines.

Graphic Designer: Learned graphics, layout, and design while working in family silk-screen business. Since leaving the family business, I have done newsletters, brochures, flyers, business cards, presentations and more for clients in five countries.

Web Page Programmer: Programmed more than 100 web pages for companies, government, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

Writer: Published author of eight music instruction books.

A New Project:
August 1st 2008 David opened TRAX CD / DVD Duplication in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Specializing in the highest quality CD and DVD duplicating and packaging, at a reasonable price.

We use only the best quality Taiyo Yuden Discs and the machines will print on the discs from 300 dots per inch to 4800 dots per inch so the print quality is awesome.

At the centre of the production facility are new, fully ROBOTIC CD and DVD Publishers that both print and duplicate discs automatically. We load in blank discs, pick the project we want to duplicate, and walk away. The system automatically prints, copies and checks each disc for errors.

You can order 1 – 10,000 discs, there is no minimum order, and you can pickup your finished product in as little as 4 hours for a 100 CDR duplication job, even if you need full retail-ready color printing and packaging.

April 1983 to Present

Position: CEO / Producer
TRAX Music Publishing and Recording (1983) Inc. is a group of music production, public relations and advertising companies servicing the entertainment industry.

Additional Positions I Held While At TRAX / Randall-Hill

• International Laser Disc Conference - Position: Chairman - Public Relations
• The 1988 Winter Olympics / CTV Television - Position: Audio Engineer

• Hawaii Songwriter's Association - Position: President
• Reel Network - Position: Public Relations
• CMAC (Country Music Association of Calgary) - Position: Public Relations
• Canadian Songwriting Contest - Position: Director
• World Wide Songwriting Contest - Position: Director

Education and Training

Public Relations Degree: SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and Canterbury University (3.33 GPA)

Photography: New York Institute of Photography

Television Production: Calgary Board of Education and Avicom Calgary

Computers: Calgary Board of Education

Audio Engineering: Jonathan Sound

Informal Education: Courses in Microsoft Office 2003/XP, Windows 2000/XP, HTML Programming, FrontPage 2003, and many more.

Membership: Hawaii Songwriter's Association - President, Reel Network - Public Relations, CMAC (Country Music Association of Calgary) - Public Relations, Canadian And World Wide Songwriting Contests - Director, A.F. of M. (Calgary Musician's Union) - Member, CIRPA (Canadian Independent Record Producers Association) - Member, TRACS (Toronto Recording Association of Commercial Studios) - Member, LASS - Member, ITVA - Member, SGA – Member, SongLink - Member.

Additional Information: Nominated for the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize in 1984 for contributions to the Canadian Music Industry. Won 2002 Meditation Album of the year in the Hawaii Music Awards. Wrote theme for Travel Leisure television show. Nominated 2007 Classical Album of the year in the Hawaii Music Awards.