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.

Jun 14, 2016

5th International & Interspecies Nose Flute Day!

Here, at, we regard the Nose Flute day as the perfect moment to spread nosefluting, and particularly to initiate someone to our noble art. That's the reason we decided to make a specific little nose flute for our C.E.O., my cat Patafix.

I also wanted to test a new device I received (I intend to use it at School of Architecture): it is an extrusion pen. You plug it on USB, stuff it with a ABS plastic wire, and the pen melts the wire while extruding the plastic. With it, one can build (literally 'draw') small (and fragile) little structures.

So, I wanted to see if it was possible to build a small nose flute for Patafix. I chose 'glow in the dark' ABS wire to do so, and began to draw a basic shape, then to fill it. It is rather difficult to master the pen and I was not able to produce a regular shape. I felt like drawing with a pastry bag disgorging custard.

Then I created the inner airway (very uggly, uh?), and a nose hood adapted to Patafix' snout:

Finally, I sharpened the labium and sanded the flute as I could to smooth the surfaces, added an elastic cord with 2 pink beads (Patafix is a girl, don't forget it!):

Yoohooh! It glows in the night!

At first, the moustachioed C.E.O. of was a bit reluctant in trying the instrument...

But after a while, Patafix adopted the nose flute and played a beautiful music piece (unfortunately, I hadn't my recorder with me at this moment...). Anyway, she will mostly use it as a bird call…


  1. 5th!!!

    Wow, I am always amazed at how simple the nose flute concept actually is and how time and time again people come up with yet another new approach!

    The bird call seems to be working just fine already :-)

    1. Yep.. and this year, the repercussion increased a nice step! Yes, the bird call should bring me some daily morning work in the bathroom (Patafix' slaughterroom)

  2. How thoughtful of you to provide your cat with that beautiful instrument. Such a pity you didn't have your recorder handy to capture her performance. (Coincidentally, an alien ship landed in my back yard just 2 days ago, but the battery had just died in my camera; very frustrating.) Keep up the good work.

    1. Oh yes, I'm angry against me! She played the Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba by Handel, in a very interesting and personal interpretation.
      You too, you should be very disappointed. But if they come back (to enjoy the listening of the beautiful sound of the Bellowphone I guess), think of teach them the noble art of nosefluting. There is a fresh market to conquer over there. Greetings, Len!

  3. What a beautiful little instrument! Your cat is very lucky! Nevertheless I have to watch out, since patafix is a real diva there might be competition arising...

    1. Thank you Mademoiselle! Well, yes, she's currently studying music sheets (Handel, Bach, Mozart...) but also works "Rats in my room" by Leona Anderson.