I'm likely just missing it, but I didn't see a section for introductions.
There isn't that much to say, really. My older brothers introduced me to ambient and IDM music at a young age. We used to hang out and play Master of Orion and Xcom UFO Defense while rotating ambient records.
The first two CD's I bought were Aphex Twin Saw 1 and 2. I grew up in Happy Valley Salt Lake City and it was difficult for me to find other people who were into the same sound which was sort of a feedback loop to get me more into it.
There was a brief testosterone dominated period of my youth where I was determined to be a successful DJ, but thankfully that didn't last very long.
I started listening to ambient music more in my late teens and I used to play a table-top RPG called GURPS, where we would always have textures on for atmosphere. That was a big part of the reason I became so fascinated with the sound, in how in helped facilitate imaginative landscapes and other-wordly experiences. This was right about the time that I started exploring altered states, and I've been gravitating towards this sound ever since.
My favorite artist of all-time is Oophoi, his music changed my life. I'm also a big fan of Steve Roach, Sleep Research Facility, Tomas Koner, Tomas Weiss, Mathias Grassow and Tetsu Inoue. There are many other artists I enjoy, but these are my biggest influences.
I have a degree in "Sound Arts", whatever that means, and I now work as a sound designer and audio engineer in the Pacific NW, Seattle metro area. I'd love to meet other folks in the area for friendship and collaboration if anyone else is out here.