Daniel March's research focuses upon music of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. His doctoral thesis, entitled Beyond Simplicity: Analytical Strategies for Contemporary Music was completed in 1997: it provides analytical readings of works by Andriessen, Feldman, Ligeti and others, and a framework for the analysis of music which escapes traditional models. Recent research involves an examination of the work-concept in relation to 20th Century 'recompositions'.
As a composer Daniel has written music for a variety of ensembles, including the Javanese Gamelan: his compositions Bronze by Gold, and Pieces of Five and Three, have both been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Other pieces include O Souverain (O Juge) for chamber orchestra, On the Liffey for bodhran and tape, and Together Again and All the King's Horses for piano.
Daniel has also worked as a composer within the field of community and music education, taking part in a number of creative projects and writing music both for and with participants. Large-scale pieces include music for shadow puppet theatre, The Shadow of the Rose, and Noah's Opera, both of which involve extensive electro-acoustic elements.