Gilles Gobeil

Programme notes


The Bol (Bowl) is a stunning musical instrument invented by Jean-François Laporte; it produces weird menacing sounds. The Hydra is the mythical monster whose heads would grow back when they were chopped off. To put it simply, I attempted a graft between these two curiosities. Most of the sounds used in this piece come from the instrument.

[English translation: François Couture, v-15]

Bol-Hydre [Bowl-Hydra] was realized in 2011 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and was premiered on June 5, 2011 at the concert Les totems électriques III presented at Studio multimédia du Conservation de musique de Montréal. This work was commissioned by Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA. Thanks to Jean-François Laporte. Bol-Hydre was awarded the Second Prize at the 5th Destellos Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2012).


  • June 5, 2011, Gilles Gobeil, diffusion • Les totems électriques III, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire, Montréal (Québec)


Remixed by the composeer in 2015.

  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Gilles Gobeil
  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T9167476279
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • ISRC: CAD501510017

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