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Scale 1079

Scale 1079, Ian Ring Music Theory

Bracelet Diagram

The bracelet shows tones that are in this scale, starting from the top (12 o'clock), going clockwise in ascending semitones. The "i" icon marks imperfect tones that do not have a tone a fifth above. Dotted lines indicate axes of symmetry.

Tonnetz Diagram

Tonnetz diagrams are popular in Neo-Riemannian theory. Notes are arranged in a lattice where perfect 5th intervals are from left to right, major third are northeast, and major 6th intervals are northwest. Other directions are inverse of their opposite. This diagram helps to visualize common triads (they're triangles) and circle-of-fifth relationships (horizontal lines).


Cardinality6 (hexatonic)
Pitch Class Set{0,1,2,4,5,10}
Forte Number6-Z10
Rotational Symmetrynone
Reflection Axesnone
enantiomorph: 3461
Hemitonia3 (trihemitonic)
Cohemitonia1 (uncohemitonic)
prime: 187
Deep Scaleno
Interval Vector333321
Interval Spectrump2m3n3s3d3t
Distribution Spectra<1> = {1,2,5}
<2> = {2,3,6,7}
<3> = {4,8}
<4> = {5,6,9,10}
<5> = {7,10,11}
Spectra Variation3.667
Maximally Evenno
Maximal Area Setno
Interior Area1.866
Myhill Propertyno
Ridge Tonesnone

Common Triads

These are the common triads (major, minor, augmented and diminished) that you can create from members of this scale.

* Pitches are shown with C as the root

Triad TypeTriad*Pitch ClassesDegreeEccentricityCloseness Centrality
Major TriadsA♯{10,2,5}121
Minor Triadsa♯m{10,1,5}210.67
Diminished Triadsa♯°{10,1,4}121
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1079. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 a#° a#° a#m a#m a#°->a#m A# A# a#m->A#

Above is a graph showing opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads*. Each line connects two triads that have two common tones, while the third tone changes by one generic scale step.

Central Verticesa♯m
Peripheral Verticesa♯°, A♯


Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1079 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2587
Scale 2587, Ian Ring Music Theory
3rd mode:
Scale 3341
Scale 3341, Ian Ring Music Theory
4th mode:
Scale 1859
Scale 1859, Ian Ring Music Theory
5th mode:
Scale 2977
Scale 2977, Ian Ring Music Theory
6th mode:
Scale 221
Scale 221, Ian Ring Music Theory


The prime form of this scale is Scale 187

Scale 187Scale 187, Ian Ring Music Theory


The hexatonic modal family [1079, 2587, 3341, 1859, 2977, 221] (Forte: 6-Z10) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [317, 977, 1103, 2599, 3347, 3721] (Forte: 6-Z39)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1079 is 3461

Scale 3461Scale 3461, Ian Ring Music Theory


Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1079 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3461

Scale 3461Scale 3461, Ian Ring Music Theory


T0 1079  T0I 3461
T1 2158  T1I 2827
T2 221  T2I 1559
T3 442  T3I 3118
T4 884  T4I 2141
T5 1768  T5I 187
T6 3536  T6I 374
T7 2977  T7I 748
T8 1859  T8I 1496
T9 3718  T9I 2992
T10 3341  T10I 1889
T11 2587  T11I 3778

Nearby Scales:

These are other scales that are similar to this one, created by adding a tone, removing a tone, or moving one note up or down a semitone.

Scale 1077Scale 1077, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1075Scale 1075, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1083Scale 1083, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1087Scale 1087, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1063Scale 1063, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1071Scale 1071, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1047Scale 1047, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1111Scale 1111: Sycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySycrimic
Scale 1143Scale 1143: Styrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyrian
Scale 1207Scale 1207: Aeoloptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoloptian
Scale 1335Scale 1335: Elephant Scale, Ian Ring Music TheoryElephant Scale
Scale 1591Scale 1591: Rodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRodian
Scale 55Scale 55, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 567Scale 567: Aeoladimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoladimic
Scale 2103Scale 2103, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 3127Scale 3127, Ian Ring Music Theory

This scale analysis was created by Ian Ring, Canadian Composer of works for Piano, and total music theory nerd. The software used to generate this analysis is an open source project at GitHub. Scale notation generated by VexFlow, graph visualization by Graphviz, and MIDI playback by MIDI.js. Some scale names used on this and other pages are ©2005 William Zeitler ( used with permission.

Pitch spelling algorithm employed here is adapted from a method by Uzay Bora, Baris Tekin Tezel, and Alper Vahaplar. (An algorithm for spelling the pitches of any musical scale) Contact authors Patent owner: Dokuz Eylül University, Used with Permission. Contact TTO

Tons of background resources contributed to the production of this summary; for a list of these peruse this Bibliography. Special thanks to Richard Repp for helping with technical accuracy.