Mountain Ocarinas Forum => General Ocarina Discussion => Topic started by: Twist on February 18, 2013, 12:59:13 pm

Title: Whistle
Post by: Twist on February 18, 2013, 12:59:13 pm
Is a whistle (like a referee uses) an Ocarina since it operates on the same principle? They are both Helmholtz resonators are they not?

Just food for thought / discussion.


Title: Re: Whistle
Post by: Harp Player on February 24, 2013, 05:16:08 am
I would say no for many reasons of which i will only mention 3.

1. A Referee whistle is not a musical instrument by any standard definition and is not intended for music. I it instead a noisemaker.

2 An ocarina has a several note to 4 octaves (depending on  which type you buy), and the referee whistle only has one tone.

3 A referee whistle has a ball in it and the ocarina does not.