Hayden is a composer, performer, and author based in America’s Rust Belt. His acoustic, electronic, and vocal music has been performed at conferences, festivals, and DIY spaces around the world. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Composition from the University at Buffalo, and also holds undergraduate degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of North Texas. He currently teaches sound synthesis and electroacoustic composition at Buffalo State College. He is the associate director of Wooden Cities, a Buffalo-based contemporary music ensemble, and the technical director of Null Point, an initiative for new sound art in WNY.