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.

Sep 3, 2011

Kwang Hyun Jang : modulation slider

A recent patent from Korea (WO2011/007978). Filed July 6, 2010 and registered January 20, 2011, this patent by Kwang Hyun Jang, Seoul, Korea, exposes a "Nose Flute Instrument Capable Of Modulating The Tone Thereof".

Mr Jang invented a slider system, which allows the operator to "modulate the tone" of the produced sound.

« Disclosed is a nose pipe instrument capable of modulating the tone thereof. The
nose pipe instrument capable of modulating the tone thereof enables a
modulating plate to slide to adjust the length of a sealing path for the passage of
breath from the nose of a player. Thus, the nose pipe instrument of the present
invention can modulate the pitch of the tone to be played, thereby enabling
various notes to be played.

In Korean, for amateurs :

I have to admit I am not sure to fully understand the exact purpose of the device. If it is intended to be slided during the play, it's a nonsense regarding "bucal cavity driven" nose flutes... or will it produce a "special effect" ? A double pitch ? I doubt of that, but I may be wrong.
More likely it is featuring in order to "set" the flute before playing, in sharp or bass mode.


  1. So smart!!! I have tremendous respect for people who come up with such serious improvements and additions! Keep up the great work!

  2. Yep!! In last September, I wasn't sure at all of the goal of this invention. Now, I know, and surely I find it ingenious!