Not every innovation needs to be groundbreaking, sometimes our most remarkable inventions can simply be wonderful because they bring joy.

Music may not seem like the most technologically innovative field, but over the course of history, craftsmen, tinkerers, and inventors have come up with some remarkable instruments that continue to spread awe.

Today, we will introduce you to one of these little wonders, a 100-year-old self-playing violin, the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina. When it made its debut in 1910 at the World’s Exhibition in Brussels it was billed as “The eighth wonder of the world”.

Though technologies have taken us far from this now seemingly humble machine, this wonder of innovation still has an inexplicable charm about it.

To introduce us to the Phonoliszt Violina we turn to the YouTube channel Wintergatan, the same creators that invented the famous “Marble Machine”. This instrument took the internet by storm, and we featured it here on Ever Widening Circles. (Make sure you give that article a look too!)

So, without anymore from me, let’s dive into this video featuring the self-playing violin!

We will certainly be featuring the most remarkable finds from the “Music Machine Mondays” series. Furthermore, what a wonderful way to celebrate some of the wonders that once brought such joy to so many people!

In an era that can seem so overwhelming and so complex, it’s good to celebrate the simple pleasures of yesteryear. To be reminded that we have been finding ways to spread wonder and joy with our creativity even when the world has seemed its most chaotic.

For all the complexities of our time, if we can continue to find ways to re-inspire wonder and celebrate beauty, we allow ourselves the creative power to solve our planet’s most pressing problems.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


A little more beauty for your day…

Here’s another song from the Phonoliszt Violina. I’ll leave you with a short video of this piece of musical history at work. In this video, you get to see its inner workings as it plays away!

Stay inspired!

If you are looking for more wonders, take a quick look through our Creativity Category! There you will find all kinds of little wonders to remind you why it’s still an amazing world.

Creativity on EWC!

In fact, we think that celebrating our amazing world is so important that in a few weeks we will be unveiling a new look for Ever Widening Circles that will showcase our content even better! So, stay tuned!

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  1. “100 Year Old Self-Playing Violin – “The Eighth Wonder Of the World”.” YouTube. Wintergatan, 07 Aug. 2017. Web. 11 Aug. 2017. <>.
  2. “Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina.” YouTube. WelteMax, 01 June 2015. Web. 11 Aug. 2017. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV