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.

Jul 28, 2012

CaptainBocarina c/o KennyMelodica !

Beautiful video by the famous Kenny (Kennymelodica), the famous CaptainLoveHandles shot in a gorgeous scenery, so vintage... (note the great Carnival plastic ukette on the wall...). Welcome (back) to nosefluting, Captain ScoobyDouche!

[edit : read the first comment please...]

Custom fluted silver whistle

After the brass whistle I transformed into a nose flute with an unexpected success, and the bachelor plastic whistle customized into an obscene glow-in-the-dark-flute, I decided to attack noble metals...

I bought a solid Sterling Silver whistle on Ebay and worked it the same that I did on the brass one (filed a round hole on the belly, sanded and buffed). But this time, I rounded the air entrance (shaped it rather oval, from its flat rectangular profile) and included an extension in soft silicone that I sealed with a piece of heat-shrink tubing, used in electrical engineering. Thanks to the small ring at the bottom which provide a grip, the whistle gets totally hands-free!

The result is simply... stunning! The sound is very bright, clear and precise, the tone range is over-correct, and the whistle is quick as a lightning!! And it reacts very sensitively to any solicitations (tremolos and so). Incredible. Here is a sound sample which, despite my mediocre playing, is able to testify of the sound quality of this new baby.

Jul 27, 2012

Did you know that...

... there are/were billionaire noseflutists who run/ran for President of the United States ? Unfortunately, at this time, YouTube didn't exist yet...

From the Aiken Standard, 12/27/1992, in 1992 Year in Review by Dave Barry :

Jul 26, 2012

The most obscene nose flute...

The most ugly and obscene nose flute, I made it. It's just a joke, and I do not intend to play it anymore, but I am a bit embarassed to show it. However, I do it, for science! And hope you'll smile instead of being shocked.

While working at my series of modified whistles, I found a « glow-in-the-dark » whistle for bachelors (!), shaped as a cartoonesque pair of breasts.

Now, they look like another pair of something. Indeed, I filed salient little parts to get a smooth surface. Then I made a nose craddle in aluminium plate, and inserted a piece of aluminium rod to avoid air leaks at the mouth (exactly as it features on the original Nasalette, by William Carter).

Well, this is not really an elegant model and you can easily look like a pervert with it, but it glows in the dark!

And a video for the sound :

Jul 24, 2012

Gorgeous video crop!

Summer... maybe holidays... The noseflutists around the world are very productive these days!

Italy :

Nacrociochi, aka Francesco (ukulele) and Rosa (Vocals, bizarre noisemakers) just posted a cover of Summertime with a new instrument : a Bocarina!


United Kingdom :

Nosefluter, who was awaited for long for a new production, made this great multi-instrument video, including a nose flute auto-duet (and check also this funny one):


Germany :

Hckluever, aka Mister Swing, continues his Nickelodeon series, with a great jazz solo, full of tremolos and (natural) effects... gorgeous! (check also this one and this beautiful one):


Japan :

Hanabue114 (the very prolific Mr. Jun Tanioka), leads workshops with daylight, and has great great fun at night with his friends in a karaoke:


Jul 23, 2012


Froby is a rare perspex nose flute from the Piet Visser's collection. It has a very futuristic look, with its fluo color and its pair of long wings. Mr. Mei, who had the luck to test it, wrote in his article: « The 'Froby' certainly attracts attention by the way it looks and sounds! », lauding its pure tone with a frank attack.

(Photos by Maikel Mei)
Last November, before to know whether the flute had been commercialized, I found the patent (ES1004918) corresponding to Froby. So, I can state that the perspex flute is Spanish-Basque, and date from 1988, designed by Uriarte Urbina and Antonia Maria, as assignors to Papelaria Informal S.A., Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country.

One can easily see that the shape has evolved between the design for the patent and the model that was commercialized. The "nose wings" have faily grown, have been narrowed, and got 2 ledges in order to retrieve the level of the mouth shield.

Jul 22, 2012

At Sundown

Too short great little video by our canadian friend in ukulele Mctrmt (Mary-Anne McTrowe), absolutely newcomer in nose flute with her Bocarina, but already mastering it! We hope it is the first of a infinite series!