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 11, 2011

Tupa Art : cool and fun nose flutes

Tupa Art is a website where you can find cool wooden instruments. Among those, Roi Bitton makes bamboo nose flutes. Located in Tel Aviv, Israel, he sells his productions at the Nahalat Biniamin market, but from his website too.

I ordered two nose flutes from Tupa Art, and received them quite quickly. They are not expensive (9 euros) but are really unique and cool (Roi proposes to paint the flute on demand, with your wished pattern or design).

Roi's flutes (חליל אף in Hebrew) are not high end « western » objects, no. Here, the bias is to make cool, nice and original nose flutes, with a traditional look, and not to engage a technical challenge. And they are cool.

And the design is rather clever, using a single piece of bamboo with the node as a separation and nose rest. The air duct is created by sticking a piece of translucent material covering the flute. Then the piece of bamboo is coated with a thick and irregular layer of varnish, accenting the raw and rough aspect.

Finally, the instrument is painted. A technique Roi Bitton is used to is bright colors dots patterns. I thought it was an Australian aborigen reference, but Roi told me he learned this art in Africa.

Tupa Art nose flutes are really pleasant to play, very easy too, with the nose rest. They sound quite well. So, if you look for a high end flute, precise in the construction and made out of precious exotic woods, uh... you are not at the right address. But if you'd like a pretty and cool instrument, handy and strong, cheap priced but painted on demand, drop a mail to Roi !

Here is a sound sample :

Tupa art website is here
and here is its Google Translate version in English.