My first interest in 'electronic music' was when I was 13 and brought my first record way back in 1985. This was Harold Faltermyer's "Axel F" on 7" vynil. Around this time I was still doing piano lessons but also I played an electronic (Bontempi) keyboard and drum machine to make simple pop compositions. At the turn of the decade my interest was geared to the hypnotic and detuned synth sounds of the 90's rave scene which was when alternative dance music really took hold of me. I started doing some compositions when I acquired a PC and used early versions of FruityLoops/Rebirth to do those. Then, my brother Timbassman (called that because of his talent at making bass and guitar loops!), showed me buzzmachines free music software. I mostly use this for making tracks together with various VST plugins, home made and imported sound samples. Also I own an EMU X-board49 midi keyboard to aid me with composing.
Descant recorder (a long time ago!), Pianoforte (up to grade V), Keyboards, various percussion.
Buzzmachines (free software), various VSTs and VSTis, Audcaity, Timbassman (my brother!) for his vocals, bass & guitar sample loops. Assortment of kitchen utensils...
i7 Quad Core computer with NVIDIA HDMI digital sound out-put, EMU-XBoard49 midi keyboard, H2 Zoom field sampe recorder
Leftism by Leftfield
Georgeous by 808 State
G.T.O., The Shaman, Les Rythmes Digitals (Jacques lu Cont), Casper Pound (of Hypnotist fame), Soulwax, Justin Robertson, Prodigy, Westbam, Adamski, 808 state, Mike Dearborn, Groove Armada, Orbital, early music by Moby, Damon Wild, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Chemical Bros, Andy Weatherhill, Underworld...to name a few.
well...my sound is relatively unique but probably a little similar to: 808 state, kraftwerk, massive attack, mylo...