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  I have loved making music since I was a child. What started as a love of drums transitioned into a love of drum machines, synthesizers, and WAV-editing software. I make music under my own name, Evan Hayden (formerly “Macro”) and occasionally DJ and play live shows.

子供の頃から音楽を作る事が好きでした。ドラムが大好きで音楽を始めましたが、ドラムマシン、シンセサイザー、WAVソフトなどの電気楽器のようなものへと興味は変わっていき、ぼくはエバン・ヘイデン(旧名「マクロ」)という名前で音楽を作っており、時々DJもやっています。
 
 
making music, over the years


 
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MY PERSONAL MUSIC HISTORY: 


1983: Little three-year-old me was watching Reading Rainbow, and Run DMC were guests on the show. I first heard of hip hop at this moment – a genre that would dominate my Walkman and boombox throughout my childhood. I loved any kind of music with a good beat, and this was my earliest important music memory.

1984: The next big music memory came on a trip to visit family in Tucson Arizona… My cousin introduced me to the music of DEVO. His bedroom was like a shrine to the band (complete with a Powerdome, of course!) This band introduced me to the sound of synthesizers and I found those sounds so very intriguing. That Christmas, I got my first drum set. This started my passion for percussion. I’d go on to play in the band in middle school (one of my few extracurricular activities, since I was a bit of an introvert.)

Late 80s: For Christmas, I got a Yamaha Portasound VSS-30 sampling keyboard, when I was nine or ten years old. This keyboard blew my mind and introduced me to sampling. I spent a few years just messing around with my keyboard, making cassette mish-mashes of other people's songs, my voice, and weird samples. Mid-90s: When I was a teenager, I gave my music a name - "Evil Eye". In a little over a year, I made a series of fourteen 90-minute tapes (+ one mini-cassette!) full of music I made on the Portasound. They were pretty repetitive, but I was testing out ideas and having fun.

1997-2000: I got my first computer at age 17, and it totally changed the way I made music. This also, unfortunately, coincided with my trusty Portasound dying on me. (I miss it so much to this day.) Armed with Windat, and the basic Windows sound recorder, I started to make music with WAV files. Well, more noise than “music.” Over time, I got the hang of it a bit more, and soon started using Goldwave as my main software, which expanded my abilities greatly. I initially I made albums that were collages of random sounds, basic music structures, and a lot of strange humor. As I started toying with loops, I started to make more "serious" music (although I try to never take myself too seriously). I also used a variety of keyboards, (mostly thrift store Yamaha keyboards), and drum machines.

2000-2003: In early 2000, while making the album Oh a Mission From Skull, I started timestreching and compressing my loops to make everything fit together seamlessly. This flipped the switch from me making mainly noise to making beat-oriented music. This was also the first time I tried selling my music. Boogie Records in Toledo carried the album for a while. In 2000 & 2001 I made my first real concept album, and it was a double-album at that! Space Junk was my ode to ‘70s and ‘80s sci-fi movies and the interest I’ve had in astronomy throughout my life. At the same time, I made a totally abrasive and hardcore EP called Deathscape Navigator, which was influenced by gabber, speedcore, and digital hardcore. The yin to Space Junk’s yang. During these years, I started to purchase a bit fancier gear, built my skills, and started to gradually wean myself away from using recognizable samples. (But not all the way yet.) I was taking music making a lot more seriously.

2003: I made the album Laser Fetish, and it was dominated by the Korg Electribe ES-1 I’d gotten, and I was having a great time experimenting with this new device, as well as working in a lot of inspiration from old Gameboy music. I used Livejournal to my advantage and got this album into the hands of many of my online friends, for free, just to get it out there. By the time late 2003 rolled around, I had made 15 albums and various smaller projects on my PC and I felt like my sound had jumped up enough in quality and changed enough in tone since the turn of the millennium that it was time for a new name.

2004: The name Evil Eye was retired, and I started calling my music “Macro”. I liked the sound of the word, plus it was a little nod to one of my other big passions – photography. Also around this time, I got deeper into collaboration with others. I teamed up with Such, Broken Glass and we made a whole remix album together. It was really fun working with another musician, one who had skills of a type that I lacked. I started work on my own new album, and as my musical ideas and ambitions grew, so did my frustration at the limits of what I could do with how I knew how to make music. I didn’t use sequencers and multi-track production like most other producers. I assembled my music like a collage, but in doing so, it was like the music equivalent of flattening a Photoshop file. This made it impossible to mix/master my music after the fact. Despite this, I pushed ahead.

2005: I moved to San Francisco for a few years, and not long after arriving, I finished the album Silence is Golden. I felt with that, I’d reached the ceiling of what I could achieve with my unusual way of making music. I was very proud of the album, but also wondering where to go next.

2006-2007: I teamed up again with Patric (Such, Broken Glass) as he was hitting stride with his music and the label he ran with his friends. Pish Posh of North America put out a small run of my album Silence is Golden, and I was excited to finally have an album properly released. Also this year, I stumbled my way through Ableton and played my first of a few live shows with Pish Posh. I also had a regular DJ night for a while there. Things felt like they were really picking up speed finally. Unfortunately life started to get in the way. I went through a pretty painful breakup that year which numbed my joy during what was objectively an exciting time. I got my first grown-up / sitting in front of a computer all day jobs in 2007, which kept me pretty busy, and left me not wanting to look at more computer screens when I was home. My music making slowed to a stop.

2008-2012: The recession ravaged my career and goals. Four years of aimlessness, depression, and struggle. It was very hard to make any music during this time, and my creative focus was on photography (a big career dream of mine which didn’t survive the recession), while getting offered more graphic design freelance work, not much of which was very interesting to me, but any money helped. I made one album during this time, Sugarbrain 3 in 2011. A noise EP (and sequel to its 1999 and 2001 predecessors) meant to get me back in practice with working with sounds, and a testing ground for new techniques. I worked on my mastering / mixing as best I could, despite still working in my backward way. Even though that noise album is definitely not for everyone, I like it.

2013-2018: My life turned upside-down, in a great way. I got a job teaching English in Nagasaki Japan, and while there my creative inspiration was back full-force. Problem was, I was pretty busy, but in 2013 and 2014 I managed to make my first real music since 2007. I felt like it was really coming back, at last. Despite still making music in an odd way, I felt like my music had strangely jumped up in quality after the six years I didn’t make music. I also got back into DJing at places around Nagasaki during those years. It was still hard to balance work with personal creativity, but I could fit it in…

2019-now: ...until I couldn’t. I moved back to Michigan, with my wife immigrating over with me, to help my parents, who were ailing and having a multitude of financial and logistical issues. Since moving back, my responsibilities have magnified greatly and I work severely long hours as a manga letterer, not leaving much time for music. As I type this, it’s summer 2024, and I’m past what was truly the worst year of my life so far (2023) and I’ve hit a huge wave of music inspiration again. I’m still brutally busy, but bought some new equipment, and reading up on new software, have a new music name again (this time just Evan Hayden!) and am getting ready to start from scratch with a new era of music making. There’s also the chance that this dream will wither and die like it has again and again this past few years, but I have to believe. I’m no longer interested in making music to get “fame”. I just want to make music before I die. Stay tuned!


ARSENAL (pls don't rob me): 

PC, Ableton, Goldwave, Nanoloop, Korg DS-10, Teenage Engineering OP-1, Korg Microkorg, Korg nanoKEY2, Yamaha DJ-X, Yamaha PSR-12, Yamaha SHS-10, Concertmate 800 "Rapmaster", Korg Electribe ES-1, Boss DR-202 "Dr Groove", Korg DDM-110 "Super Drums", Korg Kaoss DJ, Numark Mixtrack Pro, Novation Launchpad Mk2, Arturia Minifuse2, Behringer xenyx 302usb mixer, '90s Radio Shack multitrack mixer, Personus Eris 3.5, "Scrap Dog" electric guitar, concertina, zither, mom's old accordion, various music knick-knacks.



MUSICAL FRIENDS: 

Cloudy Busey, Elleh, Hot Dad, Kotori, Memory Clap Acid, Zanna Nera

 
 


 
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