I'm looking for music (from games, movies or otherwise) that resemble Michael Land's wonderful compositions for the adventure classic The Dig. Most of the tracks are calm and relaxing, while also having and underlying sense of mystery. I like listening to it in the background while doing work that requires a lot of reading, like studying.
Any suggestions would be very welcome, as I've got lots of work ahead of me
Michael Land's soundtrack for The Dig employed a Kurzweil K2000 synthesizer and a lot of short samples from the works of Richard Wagner, and as far as musical genres are concerned would be considered a mixture of ambient and musique concrète. The only music I personally know of that employs a similar approach is Biosphere's album Shenzhou, which incorporates synthesizers and samples from Claude Debussy's orchestral works, and The Caretaker's album An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, which incorporates distortion and samples from various musical genres of the 1920s.
The following albums diverge stylistically from Michael Land's work, but are broadly similar and would probably be of interest to you as well:
To add to my last post, and sticking with the overall topic of video game soundtracks, Jim Gurthrie's soundtrack for Below would probably pique your interest. It's a lot darker, and some tracks contain faster instrumentation, but I think it contains some elements similar to The Dig's soundtrack as well.