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.


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 medium

sound frog small

owl small

owl large

nose flute

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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children drum

A small drum made from wood, painted colourful and with nature skins.
The nature skin has a smooth sound and becomes even at hard beating not obtrusive.
We offer two sizes 20 cm and 25 cm in diameter
A carrying strip and two sticks are included.

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The ocarina is a small clay flute with a recorder mouthpiece.

Clay flutes have been known for several thousand years. Usually they were just simple pipes with 1 to 3 tones. They had a protective character and were used as talismans. Newborns and unbaptized children were given a clay pipe to protect them from evil spirits. Ultimately, bird figures on the chimney or the bird-like handle on the lid of a soup tureen can also be traced back to a pipe that was supposed to protect the house or the food from evil influences. Often these pipes were shaped like animals, mostly as birds or roosters, but also as horses, bulls, owls and much more.

The pipes were used as children's toys for a long time and were popular at festivals and fairs. Mostly bird calls were imitated. The clay flute did not develop as a real flute until the last century. An Italian potter formed a flute out of clay, the shape of which was held transversely and had a beak as a mouthpiece. This shape made the flute look a bit like a little duck, which in Italian means ocarina. This is how the clay flutes got their name, which then became internationally accepted.

Today there are many forms and variants of the ocarina. The number of finger holes, the fingerings and the range can vary widely. There are single-part flutes, but also two- and three-part flutes. There are small ones with a high tone and large ones with a very deep tone. The ocarina became known and popular again in the 1990s through the computer game Zelda.
As a flute, the ocarina belongs to the vessel flutes. Vessel flutes do not have a tube open at the bottom like most other flutes, but a ball-like closed vessel. Even if the mouthpiece is the same as that of a recorder, the shape of the vessel creates a different vibration and the sound is softer, not as shrill and deeper than one would assume based on the size of the flute.

We manufacture our clay flutes entirely by hand from fine white ceramic mass. So with every flute you have a unique piece in your hands.
After shaping and designing with glass and glaze raw materials, the flute is tuned chromatically with six finger holes and covers the range of an octave. The different sizes create flutes in all imaginable basic moods.

The firing temperature of over 1100 degrees Celsius gives it enough strength to withstand the occasional blows caused by wearing it without losing quality. The dimensions of the flutes are around 25 mm for the smallest ones up to a flute of 100 mm diameter that is barely tangible.
The flute always comes with a leather cord to hang around your neck, as well as instructions with fingering chart for the clay flute and further information about the manufacture of the clay flute and the history of the clay flute.

Die Brenntemperatur von über 1100 Grad Celsius gibt ihr genügend Festigkeit, durch das Tragen verursachte gelegentliche Schläge wegzustecken, ohne an Qualität zu verlieren. Die Maße der Flöten liegen bei cirka 25 mm für die Kleinste bis hinauf zu einer gerade noch greifbaren Flöte von 100 mm Durchmesser.
Zur Flöte gehört stets die Lederschnur zum Umhängen sowie eine Spielanleitung mit Grifftabelle und weiteren Informationen über Herstellung und Geschichte der Tonflöte.

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This chime with many sticks creates a delicate, bright sound. Between 9 silver, hollow tubes there are 4 small black solid bars which underline the sound with bright tones. An enchanting, mystical sound.

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