He has created music for film, theatre and television, as well as for a variety of other projects and commissions.
Recent projects include working with Nic Green on ‘Motherland’, a short film directed by Stuart Elliott called ‘Return To Sender’, and Visible Fictions’ production of ‘The Hunted’ and ‘Curse Of The Demeter’ (based on a chapter from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’). Past work has included 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’).
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.
Since 1996 he has been a member of the avant-experimental group Volcano The Bear. VTB have performed extensively throughout Europe and America, and have released numerous albums, EPs and singles. In 2006 they released the double-album ‘Classic Erasmus Fusion’ (on Beta-Lactam Ring records), and in 2008 released ‘Amidst The Noise And Twigs’ (also on BLRR). A new album will be released on the Rune Grammofon label in March 2012.
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 have a new album due out in March 2012.
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 March 2012 Volcano The Bear released a new album ‘Golden Rhythm/Ink Music’ on the Rune Grammofon label.
In June 2012 The One Ensemble released their new album ‘Oriole’ on Pickled Egg (CD) and alt.vinyl (LP). There is a promo video here
He also claims to be an occasional DJ.