Cornelius - Drop
Genre: ambient, electronica, experimental
Song style: drops of sound building up to a waterfall
Cornelius makes amazing music for studying (yes that's a compliment hehe). His music is very atmospheric and should really be experienced as a full CD playing in the background as you focus on something, rather than as single songs or even music videos. It's something you absorb rather than concentrate on. He's highly respected in the music community (apparently ranked by HMV as Japan's #43 top musician). If you want an accurate taste of Cornelius, I recommend checking out their album "Point" with other gems like "Smoke" and "Point of Viewpoint". A calming happy close to my time here at home.
PS - I'll be at Japan Nite tomorrow night in NY. Hope to see you there! ;-)