By Cory Doctorow at 9:00 am Mon, Dec 10, 2012
Why this never caught on is beyond me.
I used to have one of those (It was called a nose flute). They were pretty awesome.
Oh, turns out you can still buy them
So did I. I never figured out how to get any sort of sound out of it though.
I have one of these made of bamboo I got in a wild imported-instruments store I found in Brighton. They’re really easy to play, and amusing as hell.
You can still find ‘em in plastic, for a (hah) song: https://www.google.com/search?q=nose+flute&oq=nose+flute&aqs=chrome.0.57j60l4j62.1129&sugexp=chrome,mod=9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Clearly, this is a Groaci plot!
yet another esoteric musical appliance begging to be rendered 3d-printedable (along with the alboka and various ocarinas) …yep.
“…on triangle, Martin Prince, and with a flute up his nose, Ralph Wiggum.” **toot toot**
The plastic nose flutes have a somewhat recorder-like tone. Yep, I own and play one- not so much for adding to the musical skill set but for comedic effect. Protip- blow your nose before a performance.
A friend of mine was in a nose-flute ensemble. I’m not sure if the group is still a going thing, but my friend is no longer in it, as she moved out of town, almost certainly not to escape the noseflute ensemble.
They’re actually playable instruments, with a sound much like a slide-whistle … which is essentially what they are; your mouth acts as the tuneable resonating chamber. I keep one with my music book for times when something silly is needed.
Now sharing a harmonica doesn’t seem so bad by comparison.
I can’t recall which, but at least one of PDQ Bach’s works has a part for the Schnazefloete.
I love my humanatone. http://www.thewhistleshop.com/catalog/whistles/inexpensive/noseflute.htm
I understand this product sold much better than its predecessor, the Snot Flute.
But not as well as its replacement, the Skin Flute.
I hear that those are being given away for free, and that sometimes, other people are being paid to play them.
Snoot-Flute, huh? Archie & Jughead’s science teacher was professor Flutesnoot. (Don’t ask me how or why I remember this kind of stuff).
for sure it caught on, at least in Berlin Kreuzberg: das Kreuzberger Nasenfloeten Orchester (Noseflute Orchestra of Kreuzberg). Please check: http://youtube.com/watch?v=whAufqoH24Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player
In the 50’s and 60’s they were made from stamped sheet metal…..and sounded much better of course!
I brought one to a BoingBoing meetup. That was a good time, we should do it again! http://boingboing.net/2011/06/16/boing-boing-meetup-r-1.html
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