Which artists have most influenced your BM composing?

edited December 2008 in General
I have a really broad array of general musical influences and I'm not trying to copy anyone at all but a few artists have definitely influenced my beatmaking (although not all of them would be obvious). One of the foremost has got to be Aphex Twin/Richard D James. I've listened to him for close to 15 years now and I could not create electronic music without being influenced by him. You can hear that often in the sounds I choose and in my usage of 64th and 32nd rhythmic patterns but also in my ambientish stuff. Like I said - not trying to copy him but I've just come to dig that kind of sound.

Other influences are

Early Brian Eno
Robert Fripp
Philip Glass
Soul Junk (especially the album titled "1956")
Tom Waits
Just in general I'd say pop culture is a big influence too as evidenced by the vocal samples in some of my songs.

Not as major but influential:
Steve Reich
Bjork (or whoever does her excellent sequencing)

Also, as a kid I listened to a lot of Nitzer Ebb and Front 242 among others so I've got to think those influence me at least on a subconscious level.

Lastly all of you are a big influence as your tracks push me to go bigger and better. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Who are your main influences solely as far as Beatmaker goes? (I could list a ton of general musical influences but that's not the point of this thread)



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