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Scale 1479: "Mela Jalarnava"

Scale 1479: Mela Jalarnava, 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

Carnatic
Mela Jalarnava
Mela Jalarnavam
Dozenal
Jeyian
Zeitler
Aeolagian
Carnatic Melakarta
Jalarnavam
Carnatic Numbered Melakarta
38th Melakarta raga

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

{0,1,2,6,7,8,10}

Forte Number

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

7-15

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.

[4]

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.

no

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.

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: 471

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, 4, 1, 1, 2, 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, 4, 2, 4, 4, 3>

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m4n2s4d4t3

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

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.

2.299

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.803

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.

[8]

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.

(16, 35, 96)

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}221
Minor Triadsgm{7,10,2}221
Augmented TriadsD+{2,6,10}221
Diminished Triads{7,10,1}221

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {0,8}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1479. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 D+ D+ F# F# D+->F# gm gm D+->gm F#->g° g°->gm

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.

Diameter2
Radius2
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1479 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2787
Scale 2787: Zyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZyrian
3rd mode:
Scale 3441
Scale 3441: Thacrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThacrian
4th mode:
Scale 471
Scale 471: Dodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDodianThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2283
Scale 2283: Aeolyptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolyptian
6th mode:
Scale 3189
Scale 3189: Aeolonian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolonian
7th mode:
Scale 1821
Scale 1821: Aeradian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 471

Scale 471Scale 471: Dodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDodian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1479, 2787, 3441, 471, 2283, 3189, 1821] (Forte: 7-15) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [327, 453, 1137, 2211, 3153] (Forte: 5-15)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1479 is 3189

Scale 3189Scale 3189: Aeolonian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolonian

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> 1479       T0I <11,0> 3189
T1 <1,1> 2958      T1I <11,1> 2283
T2 <1,2> 1821      T2I <11,2> 471
T3 <1,3> 3642      T3I <11,3> 942
T4 <1,4> 3189      T4I <11,4> 1884
T5 <1,5> 2283      T5I <11,5> 3768
T6 <1,6> 471      T6I <11,6> 3441
T7 <1,7> 942      T7I <11,7> 2787
T8 <1,8> 1884      T8I <11,8> 1479
T9 <1,9> 3768      T9I <11,9> 2958
T10 <1,10> 3441      T10I <11,10> 1821
T11 <1,11> 2787      T11I <11,11> 3642
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3189      T0MI <7,0> 1479
T1M <5,1> 2283      T1MI <7,1> 2958
T2M <5,2> 471      T2MI <7,2> 1821
T3M <5,3> 942      T3MI <7,3> 3642
T4M <5,4> 1884      T4MI <7,4> 3189
T5M <5,5> 3768      T5MI <7,5> 2283
T6M <5,6> 3441      T6MI <7,6> 471
T7M <5,7> 2787      T7MI <7,7> 942
T8M <5,8> 1479       T8MI <7,8> 1884
T9M <5,9> 2958      T9MI <7,9> 3768
T10M <5,10> 1821      T10MI <7,10> 3441
T11M <5,11> 3642      T11MI <7,11> 2787

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T8I, T8M, T0MI

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 1477Scale 1477: Raga Jaganmohanam, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Jaganmohanam
Scale 1475Scale 1475: Uffian, Ian Ring Music TheoryUffian
Scale 1483Scale 1483: Mela Bhavapriya, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Bhavapriya
Scale 1487Scale 1487: Mothyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMothyllic
Scale 1495Scale 1495: Messiaen Mode 6, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 6
Scale 1511Scale 1511: Styptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyptyllic
Scale 1415Scale 1415: Impian, Ian Ring Music TheoryImpian
Scale 1447Scale 1447: Mela Ratnangi, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Ratnangi
Scale 1351Scale 1351: Aeraptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeraptimic
Scale 1223Scale 1223: Phryptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhryptimic
Scale 1735Scale 1735: Mela Navanitam, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Navanitam
Scale 1991Scale 1991: Phryptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhryptyllic
Scale 455Scale 455: Messiaen Mode 5, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 5
Scale 967Scale 967: Mela Salaga, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Salaga
Scale 2503Scale 2503: Mela Jhalavarali, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Jhalavarali
Scale 3527Scale 3527: Ronyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRonyllic

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.