1. An automotive gear-shifting system in
which the gears are synchronized at the same speeds before
engaging to effect a smooth shift.
2. A gear in such a system.
- syn´chro-mesh´ adjective
syn-er-gy (sîn´er-jê) noun
1. The interaction of two or more agents or
forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum
of their individual effects.
2. Cooperative interaction among groups, especially
among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation,
that creates an enhanced combined effect.
[From Greek sunergia, cooperation, from sunergos, working
together. See synergism.]
Synergy is a kind of crazy, highly energized little
piece. As the words defined above might suggest, it is built
around small groups of instruments which form units that
are in turn combined with each other to create the texture
and flow of the music.
The synchromesh idea
is most notable in the unit comprised of two flutes and soprano
saxophone (I should have used an oboe :-/ and later with horn,
trumpet, and electric guitar, which play similar melodies with
slightly different rhythms intended to "blur" the
cumulative effect of their individual lines. Towards the end
of the piece, their rhythmic patterns get less complicated
and move towards rhythmic unison, until they (the flutes, anyway)
finally play together in the very last two bars.
have always been fascinated with the idea of "weaving" melodies
by having the same lines played simultaneously at different tempi
or in slightly different rhythms. This
technique creates (theoretically, anyway) a melody that is highly
textured, much in the same way that a painter might use gobs
of paint (or several different colors) to somehow abstract a
depiction of a relatively ordinary object.