Louis Ouellet discovered the device that would later become the small componium in Paris in 1990.
Louis Ouellet discovered the device that would later become the small componium in Paris in 1990. It was a simple music box using perforated strips of paper to play songs. He then developed graphic and geometric principles so that it could produce automated music. A number of such strips were created for the group Bruit TTV.
Later, Jocelyn Robert built numerous Max devices for Ouellet, such as the métaponium, graphponium, Louisponium, textponium, and répétiponium. With them, they created audio sequences for the piano or synthesizer based on graphics, texts, and mathematical principles. The devices were used in theatre performances by Arbo-Cyber and Les productions Recto-Verso from 1992 to 1994.
Ouellet and Robert also created much more complex computerized componiums for specific conceptual projects, such as Le repère grec, La salle des nœuds, Zeit und Wetter, and most recently Piano-fleuve.