The ndial is an experimental interface that combines automated processes with manual controls to navigate new and unpredictable sound worlds. It selects samples at random from a live or prerecorded source and maps them to an 8-step sequencer that goes around instead of along. It is an interface for playing records out of order, processing familiar music in new, often surprising, ways. The system can match pulses, record live samples, reorganize patterns, add effects and reanimate performances in real-time. Because control of the content is limited, preconceived strategies give way to the matter at hand, encouraging exploration and play over predetermined results.
ndial manual (pdf)
ndial v2 (white)
Performances using an ndial or a set of ndials (there are red, white, blue, green and rainbow ndials) are called nterplays. A typical nterplay lasts between 8-15 minutes with each ndial drawing from one audio reference—a recording, song, speech or live input. nterplays are flexible and game-like and can involve anywhere from 1 to 4 ndialists. nterplays are kind of like concerts and kind of like games, somewhere in between.