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.

Nov 18, 2014

The Wallet Instant Nose Flute

It is sometimes pretty annoying to carry a nose flute in your pocket, particularly if you wear an elegant suit and don't want to get your pockets deformed. You would need a flat nose flute! Here is one, which is so simple to make that it could have been named the Poor Man's Nose Flute. Well, I chose to call it, contrarywise, the Wallet Instant Nose Flute.

I took a piece of soft plastic coming from a ring binder cover, and cut 2 parts: a circular one and a trapezoid one. Then, I made a rectangular cut in the round piece, and made a bevel on its lower edge, as a fipple.

Here is the template of the 2 pieces I cut:



So, I got two plastic parts and... and that's all. No glue, no adhesive tape, nothing, and the Wallet Instant Nose Flute is ready! You don't believe me? Just watch the video below.



You just have to place the smallest part (the back side of the airway) over the circular piece and, holding the ensemble like on the picture above, put your nose at the right place. There is a little knack to get not to move the small piece away from the fipple, but when you have gotten it, every attempt is a success.

Well, I deliberately chose a translucent plastic because I'm a freak, but you're not obliged to show off your nostrils like I do :)



And now, the video, for your greatest pleasure:


9 comments:

  1. A breakthrough in the history of noseflute! Another step to conquer the world and flood it with noseflutes. This is the democratisation of nose flute playing. Resistance is futile...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello dear Diva! Resistance is totally futile!

      Delete
  2. Wow!. Brilliant idea and great design.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Don Luis! ... and so simple!

      Delete
  3. Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler...genius! I have one question though: if the trapezoid is a flat piece, I can't see how there can be an air duct. So: how does the air from the nose get chanelled towards the labium/fipple?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Maikel, Well all lay in the quality of plastics : bendable, but not too soft. When played, this nose flute is bent. The trapezoid too. Its top edge is sufficiently far from the main shield to collect the air from the nose. But its lower edge is pressed towards the upper lip, and produce only an air blade to the fipple.

      Delete
  4. The more I think about this concept, the more I love its essence! I couldn't understand how the air coming from the nose could reach the labium/fipple as both piece are flat. I now understand that the air duct is formed by bending the body of the instrument.

    I am hugely enthusiastic, as I have shared before, about bendable instruments: bending the nose flute provides a multitude of natural sound effects, such as harmonics and wind tones. These really enhance the tone and therefore the appeal of the instrument.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Maikel! Check the new "Pop-up" model! I have solved the gluing issue...

      Delete