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.

Feb 17, 2012

A Masterpiece by Mosurin

A new masterpiece by maestro Mosurin, which could become a reference! In this Turkish March by Mozart, the great japanese nose flutist offers the whole dimension of his talent : pure sound, accuracy, speed and his incredible breath.
A real jewel, enjoy it !

The Turkish March by Mosurin
Mosurin's website

Feb 16, 2012

Some images from mangas

Some images coming from mangas. It seems that only Humanatones are present in japanese comics. The character with a kind of hedgehog hair style is Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar.

Feb 15, 2012

Humanatone : a very early user manual

This is a rarity : one of the first Humanatone user manual. It was folded in the cardboard box with the tin-plate instrument. What is interesting (and quite funny) is that the creator of the nose flute didn´t know yet what would be the use of this new instrument : played for concert ? At church ? For fun ? Please read the texts and you´ll be amused !

And here are some details. The texts are simply delicious and describe "with difficulty" such a new concept offering an "unlimited capacity of expression".


About metal Humanatones, check :

- Humanatone - part I : the metallic era
- New Humanatone ads
- The Two metal Humanatones
- Another metal Humanatone
- Humanatone boxes
- Another Humanatone box
- Humanatone: A very early user manual
- The Magic (Nose) Flute: only questions... .
- A Humanatone and clones chronology
- A Humanatone in 1892 ?
- Humanatone: Early promotional demos
- Another Humanatone archive
- Huma... something
- Rectification: Humanatone appearance date
- Great paper from 1903
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part I
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part II
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part III
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part IV
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part V
- A Humanatone as a scientific tool
- Two other Humanatone Ads

And on later Humanatones :

- Humanatone - Part II : the Gretsch plastic era
- Humanatone - Part III : the Gretsch metal era


Feb 14, 2012

Feb 13, 2012

Video : Astroboy with piggy ears !

A quite funny video of the AstroBoy theme at the nose flute, shot at the Samsara in Kyoto.

Feb 12, 2012

The incredible nose flutes by Hanako

I do not know anything about Lady Hanako. I just got aware of her existence and her production on the Dragonfly website. But what I discovered astounded me!

Mrs. Hanako crafts clay, glazes and paints and is amazingly innovative in the shapes she gives to her hanabue. Animals, characters, funny objects, and even "nose flute forgery" !

Real « nose » flutes! :

Forgery!! Here is a copy of Hiroaki Sasaki nose flute, and... a clay Humanatone! :

More and more funny, characters. Characters who play the nose flute themselves, in a focal reduplication. I had a picture in my stock for a long time of a man with a nose flute shaped to his own face. Now, I can make the link : it was a hanabue made by Mrs. Hanako. Stunning, no? Even the 3 cap badges are reproduced!


More pictures on Hanako's page.

If someone knows a way to reach Mrs. Hanako (an e-mail address for instance), we would be very glad to know it. We would love to ask her for an interview.