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Scale 1211: "Zadian"

Scale 1211: Zadian, 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).

Common Names

Zeitler
Zadian
Dozenal
Hiyian

Analysis

Cardinality

Cardinality is the count of how many pitches are in the scale.

7 (heptatonic)

Pitch Class Set

The tones in this scale, expressed as numbers from 0 to 11

{0,1,3,4,5,7,10}

Forte Number

A code assigned by theorist Allen Forte, for this pitch class set and all of its transpositional (rotation) and inversional (reflection) transformations.

7-25

Rotational Symmetry

Some scales have rotational symmetry, sometimes known as "limited transposition". If there are any rotational symmetries, these are the intervals of periodicity.

none

Reflection Axes

If a scale has an axis of reflective symmetry, then it can transform into itself by inversion. It also implies that the scale has Ridge Tones. Notably an axis of reflection can occur directly on a tone or half way between two tones.

none

Palindromicity

A palindromic scale has the same pattern of intervals both ascending and descending.

no

Chirality

A chiral scale can not be transformed into its inverse by rotation. If a scale is chiral, then it has an enantiomorph.

yes
enantiomorph: 2981

Hemitonia

A hemitone is two tones separated by a semitone interval. Hemitonia describes how many such hemitones exist.

3 (trihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

A cohemitone is an instance of two adjacent hemitones. Cohemitonia describes how many such cohemitones exist.

1 (uncohemitonic)

Imperfections

An imperfection is a tone which does not have a perfect fifth above it in the scale. This value is the quantity of imperfections in this scale.

3

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformations of this scale. This number does not include the scale itself, so the number is usually one less than its cardinality; unless there are rotational symmetries then there are even fewer modes.

6

Prime Form

Describes if this scale is in prime form, using the Rahn/Ring formula.

no
prime: 733

Generator

Indicates if the scale can be constructed using a generator, and an origin.

none

Deep Scale

A deep scale is one where the interval vector has 6 different digits.

no

Interval Structure

Defines the scale as the sequence of intervals between one tone and the next.

[1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 2]

Interval Vector

Describes the intervallic content of the scale, read from left to right as the number of occurences of each interval size from semitone, up to six semitones.

<3, 4, 5, 3, 4, 2>

Interval Spectrum

The same as the Interval Vector, but expressed in a syntax used by Howard Hanson.

p4m3n5s4d3t2

Distribution Spectra

Describes the specific interval sizes that exist for each generic interval size. Each generic <g> has a spectrum {n,...}. The Spectrum Width is the difference between the highest and lowest values in each spectrum.

<1> = {1,2,3}
<2> = {2,3,5}
<3> = {4,5,6,7}
<4> = {5,6,7,8}
<5> = {7,9,10}
<6> = {9,10,11}

Spectra Variation

Determined by the Distribution Spectra; this is the sum of all spectrum widths divided by the scale cardinality.

2.286

Maximally Even

A scale is maximally even if the tones are optimally spaced apart from each other.

no

Maximal Area Set

A scale is a maximal area set if a polygon described by vertices dodecimetrically placed around a circle produces the maximal interior area for scales of the same cardinality. All maximally even sets have maximal area, but not all maximal area sets are maximally even.

no

Interior Area

Area of the polygon described by vertices placed for each tone of the scale dodecimetrically around a unit circle, ie a circle with radius of 1.

2.549

Polygon Perimeter

Perimeter of the polygon described by vertices placed for each tone of the scale dodecimetrically around a unit circle.

5.967

Myhill Property

A scale has Myhill Property if the Interval Spectra has exactly two specific intervals for every generic interval.

no

Balanced

A scale is balanced if the distribution of its tones would satisfy the "centrifuge problem", ie are placed such that it would balance on its centre point.

no

Ridge Tones

Ridge Tones are those that appear in all transpositions of a scale upon the members of that scale. Ridge Tones correspond directly with axes of reflective symmetry.

none

Propriety

Also known as Rothenberg Propriety, named after its inventor. Propriety describes whether every specific interval is uniquely mapped to a generic interval. A scale is either "Proper", "Strictly Proper", or "Improper".

Improper

Heteromorphic Profile

Defined by Norman Carey (2002), the heteromorphic profile is an ordered triple of (c, a, d) where c is the number of contradictions, a is the number of ambiguities, and d is the number of differences. When c is zero, the scale is Proper. When a is also zero, the scale is Strictly Proper.

(19, 28, 92)

Tertian Harmonic Chords

Tertian chords are made from alternating members of the scale, ie built from "stacked thirds". Not all scales lend themselves well to tertian harmony.

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 TriadsC{0,4,7}331.63
D♯{3,7,10}331.63
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}231.75
a♯m{10,1,5}231.88
Diminished Triadsc♯°{1,4,7}231.75
{4,7,10}231.75
{7,10,1}231.75
a♯°{10,1,4}231.88
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1211. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C D# D# cm->D# c#° c#° C->c#° C->e° a#° a#° c#°->a#° D#->e° D#->g° a#m a#m g°->a#m a#°->a#m

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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.

Diameter3
Radius3
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1211 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2653
Scale 2653: Sygian, Ian Ring Music TheorySygian
3rd mode:
Scale 1687
Scale 1687: Phralian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhralian
4th mode:
Scale 2891
Scale 2891: Phrogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrogian
5th mode:
Scale 3493
Scale 3493: Rathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRathian
6th mode:
Scale 1897
Scale 1897: Ionopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonopian
7th mode:
Scale 749
Scale 749: Aeologian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeologian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 733

Scale 733Scale 733: Donian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDonian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1211, 2653, 1687, 2891, 3493, 1897, 749] (Forte: 7-25) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [301, 721, 1099, 1673, 2597] (Forte: 5-25)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1211 is 2981

Scale 2981Scale 2981: Ionolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonolian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1211 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2981

Scale 2981Scale 2981: Ionolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonolian

Transformations:

In the abbreviation, the subscript number after "T" is the number of semitones of tranposition, "M" means the pitch class is multiplied by 5, and "I" means the result is inverted. Operation is an identical way to express the same thing; the syntax is <a,b> where each tone of the set x is transformed by the equation y = ax + b

Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0 <1,0> 1211       T0I <11,0> 2981
T1 <1,1> 2422      T1I <11,1> 1867
T2 <1,2> 749      T2I <11,2> 3734
T3 <1,3> 1498      T3I <11,3> 3373
T4 <1,4> 2996      T4I <11,4> 2651
T5 <1,5> 1897      T5I <11,5> 1207
T6 <1,6> 3794      T6I <11,6> 2414
T7 <1,7> 3493      T7I <11,7> 733
T8 <1,8> 2891      T8I <11,8> 1466
T9 <1,9> 1687      T9I <11,9> 2932
T10 <1,10> 3374      T10I <11,10> 1769
T11 <1,11> 2653      T11I <11,11> 3538
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2351      T0MI <7,0> 3731
T1M <5,1> 607      T1MI <7,1> 3367
T2M <5,2> 1214      T2MI <7,2> 2639
T3M <5,3> 2428      T3MI <7,3> 1183
T4M <5,4> 761      T4MI <7,4> 2366
T5M <5,5> 1522      T5MI <7,5> 637
T6M <5,6> 3044      T6MI <7,6> 1274
T7M <5,7> 1993      T7MI <7,7> 2548
T8M <5,8> 3986      T8MI <7,8> 1001
T9M <5,9> 3877      T9MI <7,9> 2002
T10M <5,10> 3659      T10MI <7,10> 4004
T11M <5,11> 3223      T11MI <7,11> 3913

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0

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 1209Scale 1209: Raga Bhanumanjari, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Bhanumanjari
Scale 1213Scale 1213: Gyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGyrian
Scale 1215Scale 1215: Hibian, Ian Ring Music TheoryHibian
Scale 1203Scale 1203: Pagimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPagimic
Scale 1207Scale 1207: Aeoloptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoloptian
Scale 1195Scale 1195: Raga Gandharavam, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Gandharavam
Scale 1179Scale 1179: Sonimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySonimic
Scale 1243Scale 1243: Epylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpylian
Scale 1275Scale 1275: Stagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStagyllic
Scale 1083Scale 1083: Goyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGoyian
Scale 1147Scale 1147: Epynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpynian
Scale 1339Scale 1339: Kycrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKycrian
Scale 1467Scale 1467: Spanish Phrygian, Ian Ring Music TheorySpanish Phrygian
Scale 1723Scale 1723: JG Octatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryJG Octatonic
Scale 187Scale 187: Bedian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBedian
Scale 699Scale 699: Aerothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerothian
Scale 2235Scale 2235: Bathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBathian
Scale 3259Scale 3259: Ulian, Ian Ring Music TheoryUlian

This scale analysis was created by Ian Ring, Canadian Composer of works for Piano, and total music theory nerd. Scale notation generated by VexFlow, graph visualization by Graphviz, and MIDI playback by MIDI.js. All other diagrams and visualizations are © Ian Ring. Some scale names used on this and other pages are ©2005 William Zeitler (http://allthescales.org) 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, and George Howlett for assistance with the Carnatic ragas.