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.

Feb 4, 2013

Otamatone Day + 1

Yesterday was the World Otamatone Day. You know, the Otamatone, this delightful and horrible (altogether) japanese toy, looking like a music note, with a tadpole head, and delivering out-of-tune sounds, like a primitive Atari video game running out of power...

Well, we outrageously love the Otamatone, because it is a contestation weapon: it's the best toy to grow children as real punks. That's the reason we offered one to the Nosy Diva, herself, to "punkify" her a bit.

Yesterday, whereas she was sick and in a bad shape, Miss Birdy K. got over her weakness and recorded her contribution to the Otamatone Day, as a simultaneous duet for Otamatone and nose flute, probably the first in the whole universe.

She wrote:

« Though not at my best I just had to make a little contribution.
Slight intonation variables are due to my ear infection (otitis)
(cheap excuse, I know- oh, and my nasal intonation is affected by my sinusitis...)
Next year I will do better »

« You may also say that the distortion got worse with the lessening of the batterie and that there was no time to loose for practise.... »

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  1. I never heard of the Otamatone: such a fun-thing that could only have come from Japan! How about that for intonation... I am interested if it can produces other tones and dynamics as well.

  2. Well, there is a little 3-way switch that allows you to choose between sharp - medium - bass intonation.

  3. The intonation is totally "free" like for the noseflute. If you are lucky, you get close to the note. But since the instrument is rather small you easily miss the one you want... and since the sound is far from rewarding the motivation to practise is not easy to get.
    Dynamics, there are two settings but it does not always work :0) I think the idea is great but the realisation is rather "cheap". But very funny!