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.

Jan 7, 2013

Composition for BMW Motorcycle and Nose Flute

Jan Schellink is a Dutch experimental musician and happening maker. He perfoms in public improvisations, with a mix of dadaistic and concrete music references, but also reworks live recordings in his studio afterwards, by mixing samples like one would in House music...

« Mijn oren zijn de 1e deur voor klank. Het komt daar als klank binnen, en daarna weer door vele deuren en kamers in mijn hoofd. Die kamers zitten vol met klankindrukken uit het verleden, en komen weer als nieuw idee met klank naar buiten. Klank in al zijn verscheidenheid verwonderd mij elke dag. Alles wat klank maakt, en elk mens dat klank maakt is in feite mijn inspiratie bron. Maar ook stilte werkt inspirerend. Klank en stilte maakt leven hoorbaar. » ("My ears are the first door for sound. It is there as a sound inside, and then through many doors and rooms in my head. These rooms are full of sound impressions from the past, and come back as a new idea with sound outside. Sound in all its diversity amazed me every day. Anything that makes sound, and every man that makes sound is actually my inspiration. But silence is inspiring. Sound and silence makes life audible.")

With the footage of one of his happenings based on improvisation, Jan Schelling made a long and stunning montage/collage, and just released it on Youtube.

It is called Compositie voor BWM motorfiets/claxon en Oranje neusfluit, that is Composition for BWM motorcycle/horn and Orange nose flute.

The 2 soloists are:

Marcel Wierckx, BMW motorcycle/horn
Orangeman, aka Ron Jagers, nose flute


  1. I like that fact that the nose flute is posed as a solo instrument for this modern symphony. Most of all though I like the fact that proper use is made of its sound and play.

  2. Me too! The nose flute is not used as a condiment.