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 28, 2014

Dadaistic Funeral March and Christmas Song

"Marschner Jürgen" aka Jogi - is a multi talented and very creative musician from Berlin. Jogi composes and plays what I dare to call a very typical Berliner music, kind of very creative light-electronic-dadaistic melodies with a serious/dramatic counterpoint (low percussions or a bass distorted voice...). He plays the out-of-tune ukulele as well as Casio keyboards, samplepad, percussions, and... Nasenflöte!

Here is the Nosepipe-Ukulele Funeral March he sent me the link to. I couldn't resist laughing before his mastering of the delicate shifts to the out-of-tune world. Great work!

Jogi seems to have been very inspired by Christmas this last week, and produced no less than four videos on the theme. « I missed a Noseflute Christmas Song in the archive », he wrote me, and added in the video description « I think it's worldwide the first Nosepipe Christmas Song ». Well, there already were (check our here for instance), but this one is my prefered one:

There are many other little treasures that you should watch and listen to on Marschner Jürgen Youtube channel.

Nov 24, 2014

The Pop-up Nose Flute : Major Improvement on the WINF!

The Wallet Instant Nose Flute (WINF) encountered a nice critical success, but some readers asked me OK, but why don't you glue the 2 parts together? Well, for sure I tried sereval ways to glue the small piece to the big one, for more comfort in the handling. The problem was kind of structural: when glued, the air exit bulged too much to create a very thin air flow. The two only obvious ways to act upon this problem would have been 1) either to make a much less broad air exit (bad solution: the flute wouldn't whistle anymore) or 2) not to bulge the nose flute itself so much (bad solution too: it has to be bent a lot in order to provide hermeticity)

But... I found a solution: make a double air exit, in order to flatten its two openings, and provide the required very thin air flow.

For that, I added a little flap on the small piece, folded it (the plastic quality has to stand with repeated foldings). This little flap is glued above the mouth hole: it keeps the airway cover at the right place and also saves the "flatability" of the nose flute.

For the rest, nothing hs changed, but it is easier now to show how this pop-up nose flute (2.5D!) works:

Here is the new template:

And the video!:


Nov 23, 2014

A Reader tests the Wallet Instant Nose Flute

A reader of this blog — our friend UkeVal/LuthVal — has decided to test the Wallet Instant Nose flute, and succeeded well! I guess he used a rather thin plastic and cut a fipple a bit to high ([edit: template has been corrected] on my template, the "7 mm" refers to the height *including* the bevel. The hole itself is only 5 or 6 mm high). So, his sound is a bit too much windy. But UkeVal got the move and sound! Congratulations!

And his second test, with another WINF made with a bevel and a narrower mouth hole: