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 3, 2013

News from Chiou!

A little video (well, a recording with a still image) by Shuenping Chiou (YW), the Taiwanese nose flutist who builds his own flutes [see this post]. The sound is very unusual for a nose flute, near a bamboo flute. But I assume that YW has transformed it a little by an electronic mean [indeed, the nose flute played is the one shown below, and it was recorded with a home made microphone, that distorted a bit the sound].

Here is Chiou's last creation, with a braided design:

1 comment:

  1. I really like the enhanced tone from this excerpt, which sounds like a bamboo flute, indeed. This absolutely helps in sounding like an ethnic or "proper" flute as well as in getting away with technical imperfections.

    If anything, these imperfections even add to the texture here! With an ordinary buccal cavity driven nose flute, those flaws are simply signs of amateur play... not being able to hit the right pitch...

    I also like the carving, which gives the home made instrument some real authentic charm!