sound painting /curiosities

rotating drums, sound animals frog and owl, nose flute, shruti box

sound painting /curiosities

The monotonous drumming of the rotating drum, the croaking of the sound frogs, the whistling of the nose flute. Percussion instruments also produce sound painting

Percussion instruments are also used for sound painting.
Some produce a constant sound like the rotating drums or the shrutibox a simple harmonium.

Some instruments imitate animal voices such as sound frogs or owl flutes.

And the curious nose flute can also imitate bird calls, but also play songs.

We have already mentioned the many sounds of rattles or the oceandrum, which creates the sound of the sea.
Reference should also be made to cymbals, chime bars or gongs here.

turning drum

Turned on the handle, the balls on the ribbons hit the drum skins. Played slowly it can have a calming effect, with a fast tempo it becomes a loud drumming which attracts attention.

in different sizes, wood with goatskin

turning drum mini

turning drum large

sound frog and owl flute

frogs made from wood with a hollow body, rubbing with a stick they sound like a frog


These frogs are carved out of hard wood and have a hollow body. By rubbing the wooden stick over the jagged ridge on the frog's back one can make the frog croak.
three sizes are available: ca. 5 cm, 10 cm and 15 cm

The Owls are made from the same wood as a pipe. Blowing in the top of the head makes a sound like an owl. different sizes make different sounds like small or large owls.

sound frog medium

sound frog large

owl flute medium

sound frog small

owl flute small

owl flute large


The nose flute you blow with your nose, the mouth is the resonance and can change the sound, so it is possible to play melodies

An extraordinary flute, traditional from Indonesia.
You don't blow this flute with the mouth but with the nose.
Even you play the notes not with fingers, but by changing the opening of the mouth like at the jew-harp.

These nose-flutes are made from pine-wood and finished with linseed.

How to play:
You keep the nose-flute in front of your face, that the round hole is under your nose and the half-moon hole in front of your mouth.
The nose blows in to the hole and the mouth is opened on the half-moon hole.
With changing of the opening of the mouth you can play different notes.


the shruti box is a small harmonium which plays accordes to accompany singing and give a base for improvisation

The Shruti box is a small simple harmonium.
With a bellows played with the hand metal tongues became swinging, a little bit like a mouth harp..
With the keys you can open and close the notes, so it is possible to play accordes..
The Shruti is not for playing meldoies, just to play a bordun.
Often it is used for companying singing.


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small Feng

Even for using as a table gong are the small Feng.
The feng are thinnner than the table gongs and they don't have a border..
Cause this the sound is more vibrating.

Gongs >>>

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Dizi - chinee travers flute

Dizi is a traditional chinese travers flute.
This flute has a special: between the mouth hole and the finger holes is a hole, which is closed with a ricepaper.
This paper starts to vibrate while playing and changes the sound to a vibrating timbre.
The fingering is like typical six-hole flutes, playable about two octaves.
We offer this flute in differents tonalities.

In china the declaration of tonality is different to europe. They don't sign the deepest note, but the note at the third hole from the bottom. That means a flute in chinese F is C-major (deepest note C).

So we have the tonalities:

chineses G / D

chinese F / C

chinese D / A

chinese C / G

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