Componium (Ger. Komponium)
- Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume
A Mechanical instrument of the Orchestrion type, invented by Diederich Nikolaus Winkel in 1821. Winkel's instrument, which survives at the Brussels Conservatory, comprises wooden and metal organ pipes, a triangle and a drum, all activated by two pinned wooden barrels. It also includes a device for automatically sequencing two-bar units of music from each barrel in turn in order to produce endless variations on a single theme....