Luckily for me - beside hard rock/heavy metal - I more or less like all kind of music (everything from Classic/Folk to Dance/Techno) so there is enough of material to get me inspired (and genres to f*ck up <G>). However I lean more towards the Electric (Dance/Techno) genre, since this is probably best suited for "my approach" (in the "Electric-genre" there are "no rules" as to what you are "allowed to do"). Not that I dislike acoustic music nor vocals/choir (the list of artists below backs this up), but my voice is not suited for any musical production and I don't have any singers nor Choir living next door to me, so instrumental seams to be the way for me. So beside the samples I got and the voice collections for my software- and hardware synth there are not many vocals to draw from (my own voice is limited to voice-overs and some vocoding).
Let me name a few people/bands that - hopefully - will inspire, or at least people/bands I enjoy listening to: Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Karl Bartos, Art of Noise, Infernal, Trentemøller, M-Sphere, Yello, Delerium, Moskwa TV, Erotic Dreams, Enigma, Alphaville, Vangelis, John Williams, Leftfield, Moby, Fluke, Hypnosis, Underworld, Robert Miles, Paul Van Dyk, Sash, Masterboy, Atb, ETA, Milk Inc, T.O.Y., Faithless, Air, Kent, Aqua, Safri Duo, Shu-bi-dua, Roben og Knud, Weird Al Yankovic, Black eyed Peas, 50-Cent, Eminem, KLF, Snap, Erasure, Yazoo, Pet Shop Boys, Depech Mode, OMD, ELO, Eurythmics, Roxette, Queen, Sandra, Ace of Base, Army of Lovers, ABBA, Slade, Enya, Clannad, Beautiful Wold, Adiemus, Era, Deep Forest, Angles of Venice, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Leonard Cohen, CCR, Kitaro, Cusco, Dead can Dance, Klaus Schulze, Gandalf, Etienne Daho, Marillion, Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann ... and ocationally ... Vivaldi, Beethoven,Mozart, Bach, Verdi, Wagner even Rammstein :-)