Hey there! I'm Chris Neal, an independent producer from a tiny, quiet town in the Pacific Northwest.
I can play the piano to some extent.
But in all honesty, I'm pretty incompetent. :)
Ableton Live, Reason, and other miscellaneous plugins.
Akai Pro LPD8, M-Audio Keystation 49 II, Scarlett 2i2, two Shure SM57 mics, and a rather expensive computer. I borrow gear from time to time.
It's a minimal setup, sure, but I can pack it up in 5 minutes.
"Over There, It's Raining" by Nils Frahm
"Ralome" by Plaid, Benet Walsh
"Cherry Moon" by Lorn
"Fade Into You (feat. Steffaloo)" by Stumbleine
"Kepesh" by Arms and Sleepers
Too many favorites. Here's a few:
"Dummy" by Portishead
"Spaces" by Nils Frahm
"Nothing Else" by Lorn
"Emergence" by Trifonic
It's 2019! Yep, still listening to downtempo, trip-hop, cinematic, and otherwise experimental music.
I always love a track with exceptional sound design and/or a unique "style," if you will. :)
Specifics: Trifonic, Lorn, Stumbleine, Odd Nosdam, Boards of Canada, Tycho, Bonobo, General Elektris, Mm, Nils Frahm, Portishead, John Powell, Jeremy Soule, Kodomo, Little People... the list never ends.
Classic rock and jazz also make the rounds.
...a wide assortment of genres. I drift toward downtempo/trip-hop/hip-hop tunes, in general. I am very heavily influenced by my favorite artists, which are listed right above this section.
Of course, there are plenty of examples on my SoundCloud page. :)