Last summer, Radford approached choreographer Julie Marcotte about the idea of using music he'd composed in 2006 following the death of his then coach, Paul Wirtz.
On April 2, Duhamel and Radford attended a recording session overseen by [Louis] Babin where a 16-piece string section recorded the music.
"When they ran through it the very first time, it was intensely emotional," Radford recalled. "It was a similar feeling to when I was standing on the podium at worlds. It felt that amazing.
"Especially with what the song was about for me, to hear it come alive like that was very emotional. It actually brought a tear to my eye."
The recording session was filmed by TSN and CBC to be part of pre-Olympic programming that will air in the fall.
All other instruments besides the strings will be digitally added in, including the piano. Radford has heard rough cuts. The final mixing will take place when he returns to Montreal after Stars on Ice Canada.
Marcotte helped Radford structure the piece of music before the recording session. The actual choreography will take place when they commence training in late spring.
He is prepared for both positive and negative feedback after he and Duhamel debut the program.
"No one can say this music has been overused," he said with a laugh. "It's also reaffirmed what I want to do after skating. I really want to finish my music degree and get into composing and the music industry. It's a nice segue for me to a future chapter in my life."