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Scale 1507: "Zynian"

Scale 1507: Zynian, 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

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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
Zynian

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

{0,1,5,6,7,8,10}

Forte Number

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

7-14

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: 2293

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: 431

Deep Scale

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

no

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, 3, 3, 5, 2]

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m3n3s4d4t2

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> = {3,4,5,6,7}
<4> = {5,6,7,8,9}
<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.

2.857

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.

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

Harmonic Chords

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♯{1,5,8}231.4
F♯{6,10,1}231.4
Minor Triadsfm{5,8,0}142
a♯m{10,1,5}221.2
Diminished Triads{7,10,1}142
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1507. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C# C# fm fm C#->fm a#m a#m C#->a#m F# F# F#->g° F#->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.

Diameter4
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticesa♯m
Peripheral Verticesfm, g°

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1507 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2801
Scale 2801: Zogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZogian
3rd mode:
Scale 431
Scale 431: Epyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpyrianThis is the prime mode
4th mode:
Scale 2263
Scale 2263: Lycrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLycrian
5th mode:
Scale 3179
Scale 3179: Daptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDaptian
6th mode:
Scale 3637
Scale 3637: Raga Rageshri, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Rageshri
7th mode:
Scale 1933
Scale 1933: Mocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMocrian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 431

Scale 431Scale 431: Epyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpyrian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1507, 2801, 431, 2263, 3179, 3637, 1933] (Forte: 7-14) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [167, 901, 1249, 2131, 3113] (Forte: 5-14)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1507 is 2293

Scale 2293Scale 2293: Gorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGorian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1507 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2293

Scale 2293Scale 2293: Gorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGorian

Transformations:

T0 1507  T0I 2293
T1 3014  T1I 491
T2 1933  T2I 982
T3 3866  T3I 1964
T4 3637  T4I 3928
T5 3179  T5I 3761
T6 2263  T6I 3427
T7 431  T7I 2759
T8 862  T8I 1423
T9 1724  T9I 2846
T10 3448  T10I 1597
T11 2801  T11I 3194

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 1505Scale 1505, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1509Scale 1509: Ragian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRagian
Scale 1511Scale 1511: Styptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyptyllic
Scale 1515Scale 1515: Phrygian/Locrian Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrygian/Locrian Mixed
Scale 1523Scale 1523: Zothyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZothyllic
Scale 1475Scale 1475, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1491Scale 1491: Mela Namanarayani, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Namanarayani
Scale 1443Scale 1443: Raga Phenadyuti, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Phenadyuti
Scale 1379Scale 1379: Kycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKycrimic
Scale 1251Scale 1251: Sylimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySylimic
Scale 1763Scale 1763: Katalian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatalian
Scale 2019Scale 2019: Palyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPalyllic
Scale 483Scale 483: Kygimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKygimic
Scale 995Scale 995: Phrathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrathian
Scale 2531Scale 2531: Danian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDanian
Scale 3555Scale 3555: Pylyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPylyllic

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 (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.