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 3, 2016

Krautrock und Nasenflöte

Pirx is a music duo from Berlin and Cologne (DE), composed of Marion Wörle and Maciej Sledziecki. Describing their music is a bit difficult, as they use as well conventional rock instruments, electronics, noises and 'unconventional' instruments, like musical saw, flutes and percussions. A kind of experimental concrete band, fighting against the idea of structure itself.

In their 2011 album Sie Sind Hier Jetzt (available here), there is a revisited Krautrock tune, called... Unkraut, featuring layers of noisy Nasenflöte.

The German online magazine Taz published an article in which we can read:

« Der Auftaktsong ihres neuen Albums heißt "Electric Sheep" und setzt mit den schon erwähnten Kuhglocken ein, die zu Schafsglocken umfunktioniert werden. Dazu meint man ein Schafsblöken zu hören. Es verwandelt sich im Laufe des Stücks in ein Wechselspiel von Gitarren- und Kazoodrones. Auf die elektrischen Schafe folgt "Unkraut", das Krautrockanleihen mit Nasenflöte kombiniert - nicht nur die Vorstellung dieser Kombination ist kurios. »

that is :

« The opening song of their new album is called "Electric Sheep" and begins with the cow bells already mentioned, converted into sheep bells. More, we are meant to hear a sheep bleat. It changes in the course of the tune into an interplay of guitar and kazoos. After Electric Sheep follows "Unkraut" that combines borrowed Krautrock riffs and Nasenflöte - not only the idea of this combination is curious. »

You can listen to Unkraut here, the nose flute begins at 1'21":


  1. Sonically increasingly interesting from 1'21" onwards, would like to have heard more twists though. Also, the intro takes far too long in my opinion. Love the bit from 2'01" to 2'51" Fantastically freakish clip!

    1. Well, it's an interesting tune, but it certainly is not my favorite nose flute piece :)