The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in 1910.
A creation of the Hupfeld Company, at the time the largest global distributor of automatic instruments with an employee count reaching into the thousands, the creation capped off a growing trend to automate increasingly complex musical instruments. Though player pianos had already attained widespread usage, the Phonoliszt-Violin was revolutionary for its addition of a self-playing violin component, earning it the title of “Eighth Wonder of the World” at the 1910 Brussels International world’s fair. Full story.
Michael Waters (Atlas Obscura) / June 14, 2017