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Scale 1933: "Mocrian"

Scale 1933: Mocrian, 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
Mocrian
Dozenal
Lurian

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

{0,2,3,7,8,9,10}

Forte Number

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

7-14

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: 1597

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

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.

[2, 1, 4, 1, 1, 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.

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

Interval Spectrum

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

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

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.

(25, 38, 102)

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 TriadsD♯{3,7,10}231.4
G♯{8,0,3}231.4
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}221.2
gm{7,10,2}142
Diminished Triads{9,0,3}142
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1933. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm D# D# cm->D# G# G# cm->G# gm gm D#->gm G#->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.

Diameter4
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticescm
Peripheral Verticesgm, a°

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1933 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1507
Scale 1507: Zynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZynian
3rd mode:
Scale 2801
Scale 2801: Zogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZogian
4th mode:
Scale 431
Scale 431: Epyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpyrianThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2263
Scale 2263: Lycrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLycrian
6th mode:
Scale 3179
Scale 3179: Daptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDaptian
7th mode:
Scale 3637
Scale 3637: Raga Rageshri, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Rageshri

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 431

Scale 431Scale 431: Epyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpyrian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [1933, 1507, 2801, 431, 2263, 3179, 3637] (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 1933 is 1597

Scale 1597Scale 1597: Aeolodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolodian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1933 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1597

Scale 1597Scale 1597: Aeolodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolodian

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> 1933       T0I <11,0> 1597
T1 <1,1> 3866      T1I <11,1> 3194
T2 <1,2> 3637      T2I <11,2> 2293
T3 <1,3> 3179      T3I <11,3> 491
T4 <1,4> 2263      T4I <11,4> 982
T5 <1,5> 431      T5I <11,5> 1964
T6 <1,6> 862      T6I <11,6> 3928
T7 <1,7> 1724      T7I <11,7> 3761
T8 <1,8> 3448      T8I <11,8> 3427
T9 <1,9> 2801      T9I <11,9> 2759
T10 <1,10> 1507      T10I <11,10> 1423
T11 <1,11> 3014      T11I <11,11> 2846
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3613      T0MI <7,0> 1807
T1M <5,1> 3131      T1MI <7,1> 3614
T2M <5,2> 2167      T2MI <7,2> 3133
T3M <5,3> 239      T3MI <7,3> 2171
T4M <5,4> 478      T4MI <7,4> 247
T5M <5,5> 956      T5MI <7,5> 494
T6M <5,6> 1912      T6MI <7,6> 988
T7M <5,7> 3824      T7MI <7,7> 1976
T8M <5,8> 3553      T8MI <7,8> 3952
T9M <5,9> 3011      T9MI <7,9> 3809
T10M <5,10> 1927      T10MI <7,10> 3523
T11M <5,11> 3854      T11MI <7,11> 2951

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 1935Scale 1935: Mycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMycryllic
Scale 1929Scale 1929: Aeolycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolycrimic
Scale 1931Scale 1931: Stogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStogian
Scale 1925Scale 1925: Lumian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLumian
Scale 1941Scale 1941: Aeranian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeranian
Scale 1949Scale 1949: Mathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMathyllic
Scale 1965Scale 1965: Raga Mukhari, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Mukhari
Scale 1997Scale 1997: Raga Cintamani, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Cintamani
Scale 1805Scale 1805: Laqian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLaqian
Scale 1869Scale 1869: Katyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatyrian
Scale 1677Scale 1677: Raga Manavi, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Manavi
Scale 1421Scale 1421: Raga Trimurti, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Trimurti
Scale 909Scale 909: Katarimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatarimic
Scale 2957Scale 2957: Thygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThygian
Scale 3981Scale 3981: Phrycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrycryllic

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.