He has created music for film, theatre and television, as well as for a variety of other projects and commissions.
Recent projects include a commission for ‘House Style’ exhibition at Tramway (Panel), David Harrower’s ‘Ciara’, co-directing The Complaints Choir Of Edinburgh (Edinburgh Art Festival), and creating a new piece for Sarah Kenchington’s ‘Wind Pipes For Edinburgh’.
Previous work includes ‘Rebecca’s Midnight’ with Lyra Theatre, Ankur Productions (‘Olympics Of The Everyday’, ‘Jukebox’ and ‘The Knight & The Crescent Hare’), Nic Green on ‘Motherland’, and Visible Fictions’ production of ‘The Hunted’ and ‘Curse Of The Demeter’. Other work includes National Youth Theatre’s ‘Stars Over Kabul’, music for the surreal and macabre Faulty Optic and their production of ‘Horsehead’, as well as for ‘Jason & The Argonauts’, a Visible Fictions production which has successfully toured worldwide since 2006. Padden has also worked with Zam Salim (‘Original Bob’, ‘Laid Off’), Matt Hulse (‘Half Life’) and Kate Burton (‘The Ice Plant’, ‘Ever Here I Be’).
Since 1996 he has been a member of the avant-experimental group Volcano The Bear. VTB have performed extensively throughout Europe and North America, and have released numerous albums, EPs and singles, including in 2006 the double-album ‘Classic Erasmus Fusion’ (on Beta-Lactam Ring records). In March 2012 Volcano The Bear released a new album ‘Golden Rhythm/Ink Music’ on the Rune Grammofon label.
The One Ensemble Of Daniel Padden started life as a solo recording project around the time Padden moved to Glasgow in 2000. After releasing 2 albums the project expanded to become a live band, The One Ensemble, which currently exists as a quartet.
‘Wayward The Fourth’ was released in January 2007 on the Secret Eye label, followed by ‘Other Thunders’ (by the 7-piece The One Ensemble Orchestra), released in 2009 on the No-Fi label, and ‘Dummy Jim’ (by The One Ensemble & Sarah Kenchington), released on Unshaped Led, also in 2009.
The One Ensemble’s last album ‘Oriole’ was released in June 2012 on Pickled Egg (CD) and alt.vinyl (LP). There is a promo video here
The One Ensemble’s website is here
The One Ensemble were selected as part of the prestigious Made In Scotland 2013 showcase, and are currently finishing the recording of ‘Saint Seven’, performed at Summerhall in August and November 2013.
Padden has also started recording music under his own name again, and had an LP entitled ‘The Isaac Storm’ released on the Ultra Eczema label in 2006, and another ‘Pause For The Jet’ released in 2009 on the Dekorder label. An album with Sarah Kenchington ‘The Bellow Switch’ was released on Shadazz in 2009.
In addition he has experience of leading music workshops, and has been involved in many educational music projects. He is employed by Paragon and helps them deliver music projects in schools and communities around Scotland.
He also claims to be an occasional DJ.