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.

Aug 5, 2014

Afro-American Humanatone Artist in 1944

I found this interesting paper in the Californian Eagle, Feb. 10, 1944, and felt a bit bizarre while reading things like "Mr. Vallier is the only member of the race" or "Brave Heroin of our Race"... Times have changed, fortunately (well, we hope so). Anyway, the Californian Eagle was an Afro-American made and dedicated, based in Los Angeles.

Reading this article, it seems that Mr. Joseph T. Vallier was a real Humanatone afficionado. We also learn that he had worked with Cornelius Coleridge « Dick » Campbell, who was a key figure in black theater during the Harlem Renaissance.

We already know another "Humanatonist" who was programmed on Radio: Mr. Ray C. Clarke.


  1. So good to read these little snippets from the past. They tell us a lot about social history and combined tell us a lot about the development of the instrument's popularity. 1926 seems so long ago now! One wonders if any recordings from that early recording era survive.

    1. Oh! I would like so much to find one of those recordings....

      (Maikel : please read you mail!!!)

  2. Dear Antoine,

    I just discovered the vintage W&L nose flute that you sent me, which is a most wonderful artefact! Thank you ever so much!!!

    Kind regards,