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 15, 2012

Apps for iPhone

Needless to say it, there is NO nose flute application for the iPhone. I mean "no musical instrument application which pitch is driven by buccal cavity". But last weeks, 2 apps were issued with some interest for us.

The Ocarina 2

The Ocarina 2 is an e-ocarina, playable like a real ocarina, by fingering 4 e-holes, and blowing in the phone microphone. The sound is poorly settable (reverb, scale...), but you can either play along with a song or play "freely". But the interesting feature is that you can set the microphone sensivity, and thus, at max level, the Ocarina is fairly playable by blowing it with your nose.

Sound :

The sound is poorly settable, very "soft minded" and the playing is very slow.
You can have an idea of the possibilities with those 2 videos :
- here : normally played
- there : played as a nose flute

Ocarina 2 is Free.
Link to the Ocarina 2 page


The Nosemonica

What's funny in this app, is that it is design from scratch to be played with the nose. It also shows great graphics. Unfortunately, you do not need to blow to play the Nosemonica, but just to slide your nose on the touch sensitive screen.

Sound :

The sound is not settable at all, but is like an correct harmonica. No choice of a scale neither (you cannot play the Blues!:/).

Here is the sound you get :

Nosemonica costs $0.99
Link to the Nosemonica page


Would it be possible to create an app using nose air in the microphone (as does the Ocarina 2) and use the camera to detect the size of the open mouth to change the pitch ?


  1. Dude... I've added the above apps on my iPhone. There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 included more innovation than the previous upgrade, and currently we can only speculate on what these new innovative features might be, although some possibilities are more obvious than others.
    Cheers, @Lauren

  2. This is so much better than the simple keyboard that I have in my cheap android phone.

    As technology improves, we should see more and better music apps. Nose flute seems like a hard one, it may come some day.

    In the meantime; real nose flute, ocarina, harmonica... they are great.


  3. Well, they really are gadgets with no real possibility of serious use... but, they deserved being mentioned.