Gilles Gobeil

Bol-Hydre has been performed in Bangor, Brussels, Cascais, Cologne, Crest, Edmonton, Essen, Glasgow, Karlsruhe, Montpellier, Montréal and São Paulo…

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 premiered on June 5, 2011 at the concert Les totems électriques III in the 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 • Totem électrique: Les totems électriques III, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)



Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10
stereo fixed medium



Date Work Program
September 15, 2013 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Électrain de nuit / France Musique (France)
September 2, 2015 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)
September 7, 2015 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
September 25, 2015 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Daniel Blumin: The Immortals Seemed Shaken / WFMU 91.1 FM (USA)
October 22, 2015 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Late Night Shift / Radio Klara (Belgium)
July 6, 2020 Gilles Gobeil, Bol-Hydre (2011), 10:10 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)