Helium and the flute - here's what happens when you inhale and play

A balloon-full of helium and some speedy, nimble flute lines. Let's see what it looks like when we combine the two...

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We continue our fascinating tour of Mozart on helium-filled woodwind instruments.

First up was a very bendy Clarinet Concerto

Next, a melodically unstable Oboe Concerto

And now finally, the good sports over at The Flute Channel have inhaled their balloons and blasted out 'Rondo alla Turca' from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331. Here's what is sounded like:

 

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Helium and the flute

From The Flute Channel

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Helium is lighter than air, so the sound waves travel through it faster, leading to a distortion of the sound. You can watch the full video over on their YouTube channel.