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Scale 1687: "Phralian"

Scale 1687: Phralian, 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
Phralian

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

{0,1,2,4,7,9,10}

Forte Number

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

7-25

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: 3373

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.

1 (uncohemitonic)

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: 733

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 Formula

Defines the scale as the sequence of intervals between one tone and the next.

[1, 1, 2, 3, 2, 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.

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

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m3n5s4d3t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.286

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.

2.549

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.

(19, 28, 92)

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}331.63
A{9,1,4}331.63
Minor Triadsgm{7,10,2}231.88
am{9,0,4}231.75
Diminished Triadsc♯°{1,4,7}231.75
{4,7,10}231.75
{7,10,1}231.88
a♯°{10,1,4}231.75
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1687. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C C c#° c#° C->c#° C->e° am am C->am A A c#°->A gm gm e°->gm g°->gm a#° a#° g°->a#° am->A A->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.

Diameter3
Radius3
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1687 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2891
Scale 2891: Phrogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrogian
3rd mode:
Scale 3493
Scale 3493: Rathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRathian
4th mode:
Scale 1897
Scale 1897: Ionopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonopian
5th mode:
Scale 749
Scale 749: Aeologian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeologian
6th mode:
Scale 1211
Scale 1211: Zadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZadian
7th mode:
Scale 2653
Scale 2653: Sygian, Ian Ring Music TheorySygian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 733

Scale 733Scale 733: Donian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDonian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1687, 2891, 3493, 1897, 749, 1211, 2653] (Forte: 7-25) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [301, 721, 1099, 1673, 2597] (Forte: 5-25)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1687 is 3373

Scale 3373Scale 3373: Lodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLodian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1687 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3373

Scale 3373Scale 3373: Lodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLodian

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> 1687       T0I <11,0> 3373
T1 <1,1> 3374      T1I <11,1> 2651
T2 <1,2> 2653      T2I <11,2> 1207
T3 <1,3> 1211      T3I <11,3> 2414
T4 <1,4> 2422      T4I <11,4> 733
T5 <1,5> 749      T5I <11,5> 1466
T6 <1,6> 1498      T6I <11,6> 2932
T7 <1,7> 2996      T7I <11,7> 1769
T8 <1,8> 1897      T8I <11,8> 3538
T9 <1,9> 3794      T9I <11,9> 2981
T10 <1,10> 3493      T10I <11,10> 1867
T11 <1,11> 2891      T11I <11,11> 3734
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3877      T0MI <7,0> 1183
T1M <5,1> 3659      T1MI <7,1> 2366
T2M <5,2> 3223      T2MI <7,2> 637
T3M <5,3> 2351      T3MI <7,3> 1274
T4M <5,4> 607      T4MI <7,4> 2548
T5M <5,5> 1214      T5MI <7,5> 1001
T6M <5,6> 2428      T6MI <7,6> 2002
T7M <5,7> 761      T7MI <7,7> 4004
T8M <5,8> 1522      T8MI <7,8> 3913
T9M <5,9> 3044      T9MI <7,9> 3731
T10M <5,10> 1993      T10MI <7,10> 3367
T11M <5,11> 3986      T11MI <7,11> 2639

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 1685Scale 1685: Zeracrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZeracrimic
Scale 1683Scale 1683: Raga Malayamarutam, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Malayamarutam
Scale 1691Scale 1691: Kathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKathian
Scale 1695Scale 1695: Phrodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrodyllic
Scale 1671Scale 1671, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1679Scale 1679: Kydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKydian
Scale 1703Scale 1703: Mela Vanaspati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Vanaspati
Scale 1719Scale 1719: Lyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLyryllic
Scale 1751Scale 1751: Aeolyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolyryllic
Scale 1559Scale 1559, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1623Scale 1623: Lothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLothian
Scale 1815Scale 1815: Godian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGodian
Scale 1943Scale 1943, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1175Scale 1175: Epycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpycrimic
Scale 1431Scale 1431: Phragian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhragian
Scale 663Scale 663: Phrynimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrynimic
Scale 2711Scale 2711: Stolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStolian
Scale 3735Scale 3735, Ian Ring Music Theory

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.