On the edge of industrial design and art, there's an intriguing space where craftsmanship meets abstract thinking. Where a designer tinkers with materials and creates experiences that reflect on society. Brian Alexander (or Trace Bloom) has been working in this space for over 30 years. Creating devices that encourage a different kind of performance. Every instrument tells a different story. They are unique in material, form and technique. The process requires observation and exploration outside the conventional.

This is a unique conversation that goes into the philosophy of creative expression. Where do we get inspiration from and how every little experience in our lives can inform our next design.

This episode isn't only for synth design enthusiasts, but also anyone who's a maker, creator, musician or an artist. I hope you'll find a good dose of inspiration in it, and go make something remarkable.

Instrument in discussion

Sketches & prototypes

Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Matrix View
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Matrix View
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Earth Sequencer
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Earth Sequencer
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander //.Synescope
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander //.Synescope
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Synescope
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Synescope
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Whiteboard
Trace Bloom // Brian Alexander // Whiteboard