Writing Music


Anything Terry Riley did in the '60s and '70s.
Aphex Twin's two Selected Ambient Works albums.
Edward Larry Gordon's Celestial Vibration.
Anything by Jon Hassell, including his collab with Brian Eno, Possible Musics.

More later.
Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport
CAVE, Neverendless

Those are the two getting the job done for me most recently.
The Alps - III
The Album Leaf - One Day I'll Be on Time
Helios - Eingya
Mountains - Choral
Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
Pelt - Ayahuasca
COIL - Time Machines
Terry Riley - Shri Camel, Rainbow in Curved Air
Can/Tago Mago - YMMV
Cluster & Eno, Harmonia & Eno
Popol Vuh
Any album by Ratatat

Nick Cave's score from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Fever Ray
Try instrumental versions of Dan The Automator albums, like Dr. Octagon - Instrumentalyst; 2K7 Instrumentals; Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By (Instrumental Version).
Wow, I was just listening to "Donuts" while writing. Cosmic!

Here's some of mine:

Philip Jeck and William Basinski, "Vinyl Requiem"
Lounge Lizards, "Voice Of Chunk"
Gong, "Camembert Electrique"
Gavin Bryars, "The Sinking Of The Titanic"
Rip, Rig, & Panic, "God"
Steinski: "What Does It All Mean?"

Anything from Eno's Ambient series would be good. I think I like the least regarded albums in the series, 'The Plateaux Of Mirror' and 'Day Of Radiance', most but they are all great. You should get the Gas boxed set if you like 'Pop', all four albums are uniformly good in my opinion. Future Sound of London's 'ISDN' and 'Lifeforms' (album, not maxi-single) are both amazing.

I've been listening to a lot of Sun Ra recently and that's been a soothing listen to me - I don't think other people would describe it that way.

For newer stuff, I quite like Echospace, Monolake ('Hongkong'! Wow!), Shackleton, Clubroot, and Vaccine. Andrea Parker's 'Kiss My Arp' from the late 90s is one of the best Mo Wax albums no one ever heard in my opinion. If you look around, you can find an instrumental version of the album that was released to the Japanese market (the US version on Beggars Banquet only has a few vocal cuts).
I will second mentions of Mountains, Pelt, Echospace, and William Basinski.
I would add Ariel Kalma's Osmose and anything by Zomes (solo project of Asa Osborne, ex-guitarist of Lungfish).
It's on the mellow side, but you might try The Sight Below's album: Glider. Might improve your writing too.
Holy Fuck 'LP' [might be a little distracting, but probably no more so than 'Loveless']
Tino 'Tino's Breaks Vol. 1&2' [downtempo dubby breaks with some scattered vocal snippets]
Various 'Eleven Phases - Detroit Compilation' [a couple not-so-great tracks with vocals but the rest is instrumental hip hop by Detroit techno producers]
Ill second Coil's Time Machines. Also thirding the Echospace/ Rod Modell/ Intrusion CV313 (basically you are looking for what Boomkat.com calls Dub Techno or any Basic Channel rip-offs) and for ambient totally try Basinski. And then move on to some of the recent stuff on Taylor Duprees 12k label.

I would then politely add Deadbeat. Another ambient/Dub Techno producer form Montreal who has truly been knocking it out of the park recently. If you wanted more local you could try Loscill from Vancover, or of course our very own The Sight Below.

Good Motorik Kkrautrok is also great to work to. Lately I have been really rocking Jonas Reinhardt.
Rodrigo y Gabriela is my go-to for writing.
Mogwai, anything by Mogwai, but especially their latest live album "Special Moves". Christian Scott's "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow", Robert Glasper's "In My Element", and Esperanza Spaulding's "Chamber Music Society".
Mount Analog
NIN, Ghosts
Brad Dunn has some great instrumentals
Some stuff I've done.
Celer, Jeff Greinke, yes on Monolake. On the droney side of things are Phill Niblock, Eliane Radigue, Aidan Baker. Fennesz & Sakamoto collaborations. Rapoon, O Yuki Conjugate...
Also, don't know when you're doing this writing, but if it's between 9pm and 6am monday-thursday nights, KVCU from Boulder has endless ambient music streaming. It sometimes veers toward some other genres (techno, glitch, dub, etc) but always finds its way back to washes of ambience.

Everything Gas has ever made!
All the Twin Peaks soundtracks.
Saycet. All day, every day.
I rely on the Do Make Say Think catalog for this type of thing.
Gas - self-titled is one I listen to over and over.

Brian Eno - Apollo Atmospheres & Soundtracks.

LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 is great, not much singing.
Geotic: Mend
Geotic: Hearth
beautifully peaceful. And melodically/harmonically interesting Re: reich, gas etc.
Eluvium's entire catalog on shuffle.
Has no one mentioned Eyvind Kang yet?

I have one record called Virginal Coordinates which is great ambient stuff, and one he did with Tucker Martine that's a little more structured and melodic. Both great reading/writing music.
'Loveless' is far from word-free.