Got rhythm? The beginnings of the metronome
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Music's greatest inventions: amazing, mad and brilliant instruments
10. Got rhythm? The beginnings of the metronome
The metronome is without doubt one of the most important musical devices ever invented. Helping keep musicians in time for centuries, it was first stumbled upon in 1694 when Etienne Loulié pioneered his Chronomètre, which was an early predecessor to the modern metronome.