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Scale 1659: "Maqam Shadd'araban"

Scale 1659: Maqam Shadd'araban, 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

Arabic
Maqam Shadd'araban
Dozenal
Kefian
Zeitler
Magyllic

Analysis

Cardinality

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

8 (octatonic)

Pitch Class Set

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

{0,1,3,4,5,6,9,10}

Forte Number

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

8-18

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: 3021

Hemitonia

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

5 (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.

7

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 879

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, 1, 3, 1, 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.

<5, 4, 6, 5, 5, 3>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m5n6s4d5t3

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

2.616

Polygon Perimeter

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

6.002

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.

(12, 59, 138)

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{5,9,0}342.08
F♯{6,10,1}342
A{9,1,4}342.08
Minor Triadsd♯m{3,6,10}342.23
f♯m{6,9,1}441.92
am{9,0,4}342.15
a♯m{10,1,5}342.08
Augmented TriadsC♯+{1,5,9}441.85
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}242.46
d♯°{3,6,9}242.31
f♯°{6,9,0}242.31
{9,0,3}242.38
a♯°{10,1,4}242.46
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1659. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 d#m d#m c°->d#m c°->a° C#+ C#+ F F C#+->F f#m f#m C#+->f#m A A C#+->A a#m a#m C#+->a#m d#° d#° d#°->d#m d#°->f#m F# F# d#m->F# f#° f#° F->f#° am am F->am f#°->f#m f#m->F# F#->a#m a°->am am->A a#° a#° A->a#° 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.

Diameter4
Radius4
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1659 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2877
Scale 2877: Phrylyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrylyllic
3rd mode:
Scale 1743
Scale 1743: Epigyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpigyllic
4th mode:
Scale 2919
Scale 2919: Molyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMolyllic
5th mode:
Scale 3507
Scale 3507: Maqam Hijaz, Ian Ring Music TheoryMaqam Hijaz
6th mode:
Scale 3801
Scale 3801: Maptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMaptyllic
7th mode:
Scale 987
Scale 987: Aeraptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeraptyllic
8th mode:
Scale 2541
Scale 2541: Algerian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAlgerian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 879

Scale 879Scale 879: Aeranyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeranyllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [1659, 2877, 1743, 2919, 3507, 3801, 987, 2541] (Forte: 8-18) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [147, 609, 777, 2121] (Forte: 4-18)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1659 is 3021

Scale 3021Scale 3021: Stodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStodyllic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1659 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3021

Scale 3021Scale 3021: Stodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStodyllic

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> 1659       T0I <11,0> 3021
T1 <1,1> 3318      T1I <11,1> 1947
T2 <1,2> 2541      T2I <11,2> 3894
T3 <1,3> 987      T3I <11,3> 3693
T4 <1,4> 1974      T4I <11,4> 3291
T5 <1,5> 3948      T5I <11,5> 2487
T6 <1,6> 3801      T6I <11,6> 879
T7 <1,7> 3507      T7I <11,7> 1758
T8 <1,8> 2919      T8I <11,8> 3516
T9 <1,9> 1743      T9I <11,9> 2937
T10 <1,10> 3486      T10I <11,10> 1779
T11 <1,11> 2877      T11I <11,11> 3558
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 879      T0MI <7,0> 3801
T1M <5,1> 1758      T1MI <7,1> 3507
T2M <5,2> 3516      T2MI <7,2> 2919
T3M <5,3> 2937      T3MI <7,3> 1743
T4M <5,4> 1779      T4MI <7,4> 3486
T5M <5,5> 3558      T5MI <7,5> 2877
T6M <5,6> 3021      T6MI <7,6> 1659
T7M <5,7> 1947      T7MI <7,7> 3318
T8M <5,8> 3894      T8MI <7,8> 2541
T9M <5,9> 3693      T9MI <7,9> 987
T10M <5,10> 3291      T10MI <7,10> 1974
T11M <5,11> 2487      T11MI <7,11> 3948

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T6MI

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 1657Scale 1657: Ionothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonothian
Scale 1661Scale 1661: Gonyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGonyllic
Scale 1663Scale 1663: Lydygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLydygic
Scale 1651Scale 1651: Asian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAsian
Scale 1655Scale 1655: Katygyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatygyllic
Scale 1643Scale 1643: Locrian Natural 6, Ian Ring Music TheoryLocrian Natural 6
Scale 1627Scale 1627: Zyptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZyptian
Scale 1595Scale 1595: Dacrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDacrian
Scale 1723Scale 1723: JG Octatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryJG Octatonic
Scale 1787Scale 1787: Mycrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMycrygic
Scale 1915Scale 1915: Thydygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThydygic
Scale 1147Scale 1147: Epynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpynian
Scale 1403Scale 1403: Espla's Scale, Ian Ring Music TheoryEspla's Scale
Scale 635Scale 635: Epolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpolian
Scale 2683Scale 2683: Thodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThodyllic
Scale 3707Scale 3707: Rynygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRynygic

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.