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With the launch of the iPhone 5 setting all kinds of retail records and causing queues around the block, Classic FM takes a look back at the music technology innovations from over the centuries that have brought classical music closer to the cutting edge. It's time to prove that Apple aren't the only ones who think differently!
Invented by the Czech scientist Dom Prokop Diviš (pictured) in 1753, the Denis d'or (the Golden Dionysius) is widely considered to be the first electronic musical instrument. Constructed within a wooden cabinet, it had a 5ft keyboard not dissimilar to a clavichord. The electricity came from charging the iron strings to enhance the sound. Prokop Diviš even incorporated a facility for certain keys to give the player an electric shock!
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