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Scale 1255: "Chromatic Mixolydian"

Scale 1255: Chromatic Mixolydian, 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

Western Chromatic
Chromatic Mixolydian
Dozenal
Hozian
Zeitler
Sogian

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

{0,1,2,5,6,7,10}

Forte Number

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

7-20

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: 3301

Hemitonia

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

4 (multihemitonic)

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: 743

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, 1, 3, 1, 1, 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.

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

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m4n3s3d4t2

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> = {4,5,6}
<4> = {6,7,8}
<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

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.

2.433

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.899

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.

(10, 26, 90)

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 TriadsF♯{6,10,1}321.17
A♯{10,2,5}231.5
Minor Triadsgm{7,10,2}231.5
a♯m{10,1,5}231.5
Augmented TriadsD+{2,6,10}321.17
Diminished Triads{7,10,1}231.5

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {0}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1255. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 D+ D+ F# F# D+->F# gm gm D+->gm A# A# D+->A# F#->g° a#m a#m F#->a#m g°->gm 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.

Diameter3
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesD+, F♯
Peripheral Verticesg°, gm, a♯m, A♯

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1255 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2675
Scale 2675: Chromatic Lydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Lydian
3rd mode:
Scale 3385
Scale 3385: Chromatic Phrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Phrygian
4th mode:
Scale 935
Scale 935: Chromatic Dorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Dorian
5th mode:
Scale 2515
Scale 2515: Chromatic Hypolydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypolydian
6th mode:
Scale 3305
Scale 3305: Chromatic Hypophrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian
7th mode:
Scale 925
Scale 925: Chromatic Hypodorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypodorian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 743

Scale 743Scale 743: Chromatic Hypophrygian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian Inverse

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1255, 2675, 3385, 935, 2515, 3305, 925] (Forte: 7-20) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [355, 395, 1585, 2225, 2245] (Forte: 5-20)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1255 is 3301

Scale 3301Scale 3301: Chromatic Mixolydian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Mixolydian Inverse

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1255 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3301

Scale 3301Scale 3301: Chromatic Mixolydian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Mixolydian Inverse

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> 1255       T0I <11,0> 3301
T1 <1,1> 2510      T1I <11,1> 2507
T2 <1,2> 925      T2I <11,2> 919
T3 <1,3> 1850      T3I <11,3> 1838
T4 <1,4> 3700      T4I <11,4> 3676
T5 <1,5> 3305      T5I <11,5> 3257
T6 <1,6> 2515      T6I <11,6> 2419
T7 <1,7> 935      T7I <11,7> 743
T8 <1,8> 1870      T8I <11,8> 1486
T9 <1,9> 3740      T9I <11,9> 2972
T10 <1,10> 3385      T10I <11,10> 1849
T11 <1,11> 2675      T11I <11,11> 3698
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3175      T0MI <7,0> 3271
T1M <5,1> 2255      T1MI <7,1> 2447
T2M <5,2> 415      T2MI <7,2> 799
T3M <5,3> 830      T3MI <7,3> 1598
T4M <5,4> 1660      T4MI <7,4> 3196
T5M <5,5> 3320      T5MI <7,5> 2297
T6M <5,6> 2545      T6MI <7,6> 499
T7M <5,7> 995      T7MI <7,7> 998
T8M <5,8> 1990      T8MI <7,8> 1996
T9M <5,9> 3980      T9MI <7,9> 3992
T10M <5,10> 3865      T10MI <7,10> 3889
T11M <5,11> 3635      T11MI <7,11> 3683

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 1253Scale 1253: Zolimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZolimic
Scale 1251Scale 1251: Sylimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySylimic
Scale 1259Scale 1259: Stadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStadian
Scale 1263Scale 1263: Stynyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStynyllic
Scale 1271Scale 1271: Kolyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKolyllic
Scale 1223Scale 1223: Phryptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhryptimic
Scale 1239Scale 1239: Epaptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpaptian
Scale 1191Scale 1191: Pyrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPyrimic
Scale 1127Scale 1127: Eparimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEparimic
Scale 1383Scale 1383: Pynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPynian
Scale 1511Scale 1511: Styptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyptyllic
Scale 1767Scale 1767: Dyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDyryllic
Scale 231Scale 231: Bifian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBifian
Scale 743Scale 743: Chromatic Hypophrygian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian Inverse
Scale 2279Scale 2279: Dyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDyrian
Scale 3303Scale 3303: Mylyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMylyllic

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.