To this point most of my work has been focused in the ambient electronic area, though I've become increasingly interested in producing hip-hop and various other strains of electronic music, as well as instrumental rock.
Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Steve Roach, July Skies, The Durutti Column, Gas, Kraftwerk, Carl Craig, Jeff Pearce for ambient.
On the hip-hop side... J Dilla, Blackalicious, Binary Star, DJ Krush, Dan the Automator, People Under the Stairs, and lots more...
Apple PowerBook G4 running Ableton Live 5, Reaktor 5, and a host of plug-ins, my most used being the Native Instruments Pro-53 and Sonalksis TBK filter.
Hardware-wise, I own the Roland Juno-106 and Roland D-50 synthesizers.