Pneuma & Manu Mayr
Christine Gnigler Recorder, Vocals
Jakob Gnigler Tenor-Saxophone
Bernhard Höchtel Synth
Robert Pockfuß Electric Guitar, Composition
Manu Mayr Electric Bass, Effects
The imagination of static yet moving sound fields was the driving force while composing this piece. I wanted to create something that stays in its place, not wanting to go anywhere: Something radiating calmness, resting within itself but still abstractly pulsating, having an intangible rhythmic motor. The composition is divided into 10 parts. Each part has its own way of moving that mostly stays the same but can also accelerate, expand or come to an abrupt halt. Once set into mo- tion some become blurry, some spiky, some shiver or mumble, some meander or are even prayer like. For that to occur all instruments play very similar repeating structures and melt into one swaying pattern creating an ambient but very active atmosphere, with a multitude of ever changing rhythms.
Pneuma is dedicated to contemporary com- posed and improvised music. The pieces of their repertoire are located between rhythmic acrobatics and meticulous sound research, between benevolent perfectionism and latently provocative nonconformity. For the “Intangible” project they teamed up with long time friend and companion Manu Mayr on elec- tric bass and effects.