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Scale 1213: "Gyrian"

Scale 1213: Gyrian, 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
Gyrian
Dozenal
Hizian

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

{0,2,3,4,5,7,10}

Forte Number

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

7-23

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: 1957

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.

2 (dicohemitonic)

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.

2

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: 701

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.

[2, 1, 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, 5, 4, 3, 5, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m3n4s5d3t

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.571

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.

(26, 43, 104)

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}241.83
D♯{3,7,10}321.17
A♯{10,2,5}142.17
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}231.5
gm{7,10,2}231.5
Diminished Triads{4,7,10}231.5
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1213. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C D# D# cm->D# C->e° D#->e° gm gm D#->gm A# A# gm->A#

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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.

Diameter4
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesD♯
Peripheral VerticesC, A♯

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1213 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1327
Scale 1327: Zalian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZalian
3rd mode:
Scale 2711
Scale 2711: Stolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStolian
4th mode:
Scale 3403
Scale 3403: Bylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBylian
5th mode:
Scale 3749
Scale 3749: Raga Sorati, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Sorati
6th mode:
Scale 1961
Scale 1961: Soptian, Ian Ring Music TheorySoptian
7th mode:
Scale 757
Scale 757: Ionyptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyptian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 701

Scale 701Scale 701: Mixonyphian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixonyphian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1213, 1327, 2711, 3403, 3749, 1961, 757] (Forte: 7-23) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [173, 1067, 1441, 1669, 2581] (Forte: 5-23)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1213 is 1957

Scale 1957Scale 1957: Pyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPyrian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1213 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1957

Scale 1957Scale 1957: Pyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPyrian

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> 1213       T0I <11,0> 1957
T1 <1,1> 2426      T1I <11,1> 3914
T2 <1,2> 757      T2I <11,2> 3733
T3 <1,3> 1514      T3I <11,3> 3371
T4 <1,4> 3028      T4I <11,4> 2647
T5 <1,5> 1961      T5I <11,5> 1199
T6 <1,6> 3922      T6I <11,6> 2398
T7 <1,7> 3749      T7I <11,7> 701
T8 <1,8> 3403      T8I <11,8> 1402
T9 <1,9> 2711      T9I <11,9> 2804
T10 <1,10> 1327      T10I <11,10> 1513
T11 <1,11> 2654      T11I <11,11> 3026
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3343      T0MI <7,0> 3607
T1M <5,1> 2591      T1MI <7,1> 3119
T2M <5,2> 1087      T2MI <7,2> 2143
T3M <5,3> 2174      T3MI <7,3> 191
T4M <5,4> 253      T4MI <7,4> 382
T5M <5,5> 506      T5MI <7,5> 764
T6M <5,6> 1012      T6MI <7,6> 1528
T7M <5,7> 2024      T7MI <7,7> 3056
T8M <5,8> 4048      T8MI <7,8> 2017
T9M <5,9> 4001      T9MI <7,9> 4034
T10M <5,10> 3907      T10MI <7,10> 3973
T11M <5,11> 3719      T11MI <7,11> 3851

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 1215Scale 1215: Hibian, Ian Ring Music TheoryHibian
Scale 1209Scale 1209: Raga Bhanumanjari, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Bhanumanjari
Scale 1211Scale 1211: Zadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZadian
Scale 1205Scale 1205: Raga Siva Kambhoji, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Siva Kambhoji
Scale 1197Scale 1197: Minor Hexatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMinor Hexatonic
Scale 1181Scale 1181: Katagimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatagimic
Scale 1245Scale 1245: Lathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLathian
Scale 1277Scale 1277: Zadyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZadyllic
Scale 1085Scale 1085: Gozian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGozian
Scale 1149Scale 1149: Bydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBydian
Scale 1341Scale 1341: Madian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMadian
Scale 1469Scale 1469: Epiryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpiryllic
Scale 1725Scale 1725: Minor Bebop, Ian Ring Music TheoryMinor Bebop
Scale 189Scale 189: Befian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBefian
Scale 701Scale 701: Mixonyphian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixonyphian
Scale 2237Scale 2237: Epothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpothian
Scale 3261Scale 3261: Dodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDodyllic

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.