This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Mar 5, 2015

Hilarious and gorgeous new nose flute video by Will Grove-White

Our friend Will Grove-White (ukette player in the famous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) just released a new nose flute video (take a look at his other ones), a cover of « God Only Nose » by the Beach Boys. In this video, Will plays the 4 parts Bocarinas plus some "whiff-sniff" percussion line. The result is as splendid as it is hilarious. No need to say more, just watch it! :

Feb 24, 2015

Happy 60th Birthday, Schwan!

On February 24, 1955, the Weidlich & Lohse Musikwarenfabrik from Göttingen (DE), sent the file for a patent on a Nasenflöte aus Plastik mit biegsamen Oberteil (please check this post). This German nose flute was launched the same year, knew a great commercial success, and is still selling by batches under the popular name "the Schwan Nasenflöte", nickname coming from the logo showing a swan.

So, today is the 60th birthday of the "legal existence" of the Swan! And to celebrate this, we publish today a new collection of special color Schwans that has been discovered, then offered to us by the Nosy Diva herself! How did she find the nest ?

All are from current Chinese production, and let's remember that the so-called special colors are either intermediate production artefacts (when they change the color in the injectors), theoretically discarded from commercialization (but in fact given as goodies/bonuses to major resellers), or very limited color tests. All in all, it is very difficult to put the hand on them.

Now, let's take a look at some samples of this collection, particularly the ones with very colors...

Several specimens show a very bright petroleum blue, almost turquoise :

Another color that is present in several flutes is this rather translucent deep purple (very different from the regular pink-purple). Ths one also got a beige air cover:

Here is a chocolate brown one:

Even rarer and beautiful, two marbleized samples:

And last but not least, some silver specimens, with different silver hue (dark to light)!

Great collection, uh? And imagine it gathered with this one...

Thank you Nosy Diva!!!


I discovered a new "production stigmata" on several of these collector babies... It is particularly visible on the silver body one, and looks like the inside of the nose shield was vertically torn. But there is no contour, the "tear" is plain and smooth, filled with translucent plastic. On the swirled grey flute, the "tear" just cut the marbling waves. The silver one also shows tiny cracks around the horizontal stigmata, as smooth and "unreal" than the big tear. Strange...

Feb 23, 2015

Stunning Chocolate Bocarinas by Ayano

Inspired by the Chocorina we made for Christmas 2012 (please check this post), Miss Ayano Tominaga, producer at Ustream Angels and main caster at UstToday, just released a series of beautiful and gorgeous Valentine Kiss Bocarinas!

Ayano first cast the mould with white soft silicone poured in a Lego box! As we did, she dissassembled the Bocarinas, placed the part on a bed of soft clay, built the Lego walls, and poued the silicone:

All the photos are copyrighted © 2015, Ayano Tominaga
Then Ayano cast the second part of the mould :

And finally, once the mould ready, she cast the chocolate. And as we encountered, Ayano also had some difficulties with unmoulding, breaking the precious production! She had begun with 75% coca, then she increased the percentage (On our side, we had used directly 85% cocoa, and got better results with putting the mould in the freezer before unmoulding).

But finally, Miss Ayano got a beautiful batch of gorgeous Valentine Kiss Bocarinas, that she individually decorated with some white chocolate ornaments :

Then, Ayano organized a party at the bar El Rojo in Tokyo, to present her great chocolate kisses!

Congratulations, Ayano! You did a wonderful work, for a stunning result!

Feb 18, 2015

Nose Flute and Ukette on Radio Caraib Nancy

Yesterday, I was invited as member of the Conseil de Développement durable du Grand-Nancy (C3D) to express my feelings and opinions about this citizen think tank, on RCN radio (Nancy, FR). I was asked to take some music with me, so I brought Low Down Blues, by Lloyd Buford Threlkel (that has been cut in the middle of the nose flute solo, alas...), but also my sopranino ukette and a special color Bocarina.

Dominique Valck, President of the C3D, shot a little video of my performance, here it is:
(sorry for the ukette out of tune: thermic shock from the winter chill)

Jan 4, 2015

The Nosy Diva at the Nose Flute Cookie!

Do you remember the Nose Flute Cookie we made for Christmas? Our playing was not great, uh? But what was due to our poor playing skill and what the fact of the instrument? To answer this question we asked NosyMusic and the Incomparable Nosy Diva to try one of our Weihnachtsplätzchennasenflöten (German is a funky language). Here is her test:

Dec 31, 2014

Happy New Year! wish you a great and happy new year 2015! May it be full of nose flute music, crafting and gatherings! Best wishes to your families and friends!

Dec 30, 2014

Great Mexican TV Nose Flute Video

Here is a great (and long: 6'23"!) video of a program made by and broadcasted on the Mexican television channel TV Azteca. The program is called Venga la alegría ("Come Joy!") and Mrs. Tábata Jalil presents a nose flute, then visits a nose flute maker and musician. You even have the opportunity to see the Nosy Diva during... 2 seconds!
Many thanks to Herman Vandecauter who signaled this video to us.

Dec 28, 2014

Stunning Nose Flutes by Chisato Nakamoto

Miss Chisato Nakamoto lives in Yao, Osaka, and makes incredibly beautiful animal shaped nose flutes. Just have a look!

Dec 25, 2014

Christmas videos

Noseflutists unite around the world to celebrate Christmas!

In the USA, with Mike Anderson and his home made dulcimer:

In Germany, with the Nosy Diva playing the Red Nosed Reeindeer in a retirement home:

Miss Ayano, Hanabue114 and a joyful band of noseflutists:

And last but not least, Sensei Mosurin on Club Parrhesia TV (vol.190), palying beautiful Christmas songs. Here is only an excerpt, the full show is there.

Dec 23, 2014

Christmas Nose Flute Cookies!

Two years ago, I made the Chocorina, and I thought this Christmas was the right time to make another experiment: the Nose Flute Cookie!

First I made some dough, a mostly classic one. The thing is that I wanted the cookies to be rather thin but resist the handling. So, I chose buckwheat flour and lessened a bit the butter portion. For 15 cookies, I used:

1½ cup (190g) buckwheat flour
¼ cup (55g) butter
¼ cup (85g) honey
¼ cup (55g) brown sugar (real one:)
1 egg
1 teasp. cinnamon
1 teasp. ginger
a pinch of nutmeg, powdered clove, salt.

I mixed the flour and the spices in a bowl. In another one, I kneaded sugar and butter, added honey, added the egg. Then I poured this in that, kneaded, and let this dark dough in the fridge for a 24 hours rest.

1 - The Shields
The next day, the real work began... I flattened to ±3mm a part of the dough on a silicone pad, and cut circles (the nose flute shield) and the rectangular mouth holes, following the plastic template I made (see at the bottom of this post).

With my scalpel, I cut the bevel of the labium. Better to be the most precise in this task, so I also use the help of a metal ruler to get a nice surface and edge.

I needed to bake the shields as curved tiles, so I carefully placed them over the rolling pin, bevel on the top. I shimed the rolling pin as I could in a dish, in order to avoid it to do what it does the best: to roll:). The oven set at 350°F (180°C), I let the cookies 15 minutes (this time really depends on the thickness: when they begin to turn brown, it's time to get them out).

I got 3 nice cookies, and did the whole operation 4 more times, in order to get 15 baked shields. I corrected the little imperfections with the scalpel then.

2 - The Airways
Next task was to make the dough bridges that would become the airways. Same thing, I flattened the dough, but this time I did it even thinner (±2.5 mm). Again, I used the second part of my plastic template, placed the cuts on the rolling pin and baked them (±10 min).

3 - Assembling
For the assembling, I made a good bunch of Royal Icing (I used the rest in the last step). For that, I took:

1¾ cup (230g) icing sugar
1 egg white
½ lemon juice

Then, I put some of my royal glue on the edge of the airways, and placed them into the shields, took a great care in aligning the bottom edge of the airways with the top edge of the mouth hole, and let a little gap betwen them (±1.5 mm). I let what we now can call nose flutes dry for half an hour.

4 - Icing
For the coating, I used the rest of my Royal Icing, that I separated in 5 parts. I added some tiny drops of natural food colorants to get 5 pastel colors. I coated the flutes with a paintbrush, leaving the "technical part" (the zone under the mouth hole) free of icing, to keep a nice air flow. Again, I let dry a good half of an hour.

5 - Christmas Nose Flute Cookies!
The result was 15 nice Christmas Nose Flute Cookies, 3 of each colour!

Here are some details:

And some pictures of the series:

Well, do they play? I must admit that not all of them are playable. I didn't try all of them, because I intend to offer some, but I tested 7 of them, and 4 were playable. More or less, several rather nicely, other squeaking:)

So, the last question is: are they tasty? Well, just take a look at this video!:

6 - Template
The template is more or less the same than the Wallet Instant Nose Flute v.1 one, excepted for the labium and the airway. Indeed, you can see that the lateral edges are curved now.