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 23, 2014

Pr. Glukoz' Amplificator

A great and funny video by our friend ProfGlukoz, presenting his Nose Flute Amplificator, and parodying with talent the "official" videos... We already encountered this obnoxious (but hilarious) Professor Glukoz some times ago, when he founded the CRAFAN (Comité Révolutionnaire Anti Flute A Nez) and was the infamous author of a shameful blackmail. It seems that Mr Glukoz, PhD in nonsense, has finally succumbed to the nose flute appeal! (Nose flute always wins, hehehe :)

Aug 21, 2014

Pfaff Nasenpfeife Patent

Finally, the Pfaff Nasenpfeife patent became public. The Nasenpfeife is a German nose flute put on the market by Bernd Kaltenbach, which can be also used as a whistle and a bottle opener. We reviewed it there.

Filed on May 18, 2010, for the classes B67B 7/16 and G10K 5/00, the patent was delivered on May 5, 2011, with the number DE102010029044B3 and with mentions of Manuela Schulz as the inventor, and Stephan Ebner as Applicant/Owner.

The patent top description totally ignores the *nose* whistle function:

[EN]The opener (8) has an air supply chamber (10) with an air inlet opening (12) at a rear side of a base body and an air outlet opening (14) at a front side of a rear area, where the opener is made of metal or plastic. An air tearing edge (16) is formed at a side of a passage opening (DU) of a resonance cavity such that different whistler sounds are produced by air flow from the outlet opening during opening of a bottle and/or by a mouth opening that is partially covered by a lower side of the base body, where the side is arranged opposite to the outlet opening.
However, nose whistling is shown in Fig. 9A (you need to turn your head to the left to see it in the good position). Here are the most interesting illustrations in the patent:

The trademark Nasenpfeife has also been filed by Bernd Kaltenbach Nov. 3, 2012 and was registered Jan 22, 2013, with the number 3020120577458.

Nasenpfeife trademark and Bernd Kaltenbach:

Aug 19, 2014

A nice picture of an Ocariflute

Several times, we have published posts about the Ocariflute (which used to be named "Oclariflute" at its beginnings), notably when we heard of its existence through advertisements, about its Silver Medal at Concours Lépine in 1923, when it was played on french TV or when we found the great (and too short) footage showing Jean Dubuffet and his Ocariflute in 1961...
So, we partly knew this french nose flute, but had never seen one in detail... until I found this beautiful picture coming from the Scenkonstmuseet (Swedish Museum of Performing Arts), based in Stockholm.

There is no doubt this instrument is an Ocariflute: the very typical shape of the heel is an evidence. What is interesting to notice, is that this nose flute was not stamped by a trademark or a name, contrarywise to any known and trademarked nose flutes we know. I have an hypothesis... as usual :)

On the advertisement above, the text "Instruments Brilhault - BT SGDG" (a not the name Ocariflute!) appears on an oval white background: it could be because the flute is not stamped but only got a sticker on the heel. And why not a stamping? Remember there was another instrument that was called Ocariflute at this time. "Ocariflute" was probably a better name than "Oclariflute", but was already in use. So Brilhault chose "Oclariflute" in 1922. But we know than after 1930, the nose flute finally got the name "Ocariflute" (Did Brilhault buy the trademark? Or was the name not renewed by he Ullmann company?). So, in the 20's, why would you have built a stamping machine with a trademark that you don't want to keep (Oclariflute) or are not yet allowed to use (Ocariflute). Better to glue a sticker, no?


The Scenkonstmuseetpossess also in its collection another metal nose flute, which appears to be a German no-name Nasenflöte, and look very similar to the German one I bought... in Danmark.


Aug 17, 2014

Washboard with Nose Flute

I got a vintage washboard that was still full of smelly wash powder, on the purpose to transform it into a percussion instrument. But I felt the need of an integrated nose flute. I mounted a 6" splash cymbal and build a small hi-hat, with aluminium tubes and springs, that can be activated by hand. A "Jack Daniel" guitar strap, and a Bocarina!

To mount the nose flute, I used a Reggi-Flauto, by Felice Pantone, that I transformed a bit. I pierced the boccy (with a hot metal needle) and plugged the Reggi-Flauto, in order for the boccy to be able to rotate, and thus, to fit easily the player's nose when it plunges in the nose flute. The height is adjustable.

Well... I just need to learn how to play it now !