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Scale 1963: "Epocryllic"

Scale 1963: Epocryllic, 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
Epocryllic
Dozenal
Majian

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

{0,1,3,5,7,8,9,10}

Forte Number

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

8-22

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: 2749

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.

7

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 1391

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, 2, 2, 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, 6, 5, 5, 6, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p6m5n5s6d4t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

1.75

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.

yes

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.

2.732

Polygon Perimeter

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

6.071

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.

(10, 59, 137)

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}242.1
D♯{3,7,10}242.3
F{5,9,0}341.9
G♯{8,0,3}341.9
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}242.1
fm{5,8,0}341.9
a♯m{10,1,5}242.1
Augmented TriadsC♯+{1,5,9}341.9
Diminished Triads{7,10,1}242.3
{9,0,3}242.1
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1963. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm D# D# cm->D# G# G# cm->G# C# C# C#+ C#+ C#->C#+ fm fm C#->fm F F C#+->F a#m a#m C#+->a#m D#->g° fm->F fm->G# F->a° g°->a#m 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
Radius4
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1963 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3029
Scale 3029: Ionocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonocryllic
3rd mode:
Scale 1781
Scale 1781: Gocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGocryllic
4th mode:
Scale 1469
Scale 1469: Epiryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpiryllic
5th mode:
Scale 1391
Scale 1391: Aeradyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradyllicThis is the prime mode
6th mode:
Scale 2743
Scale 2743: Staptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStaptyllic
7th mode:
Scale 3419
Scale 3419: Magen Abot 1, Ian Ring Music TheoryMagen Abot 1
8th mode:
Scale 3757
Scale 3757: Raga Mian Ki Malhar, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Mian Ki Malhar

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 1391

Scale 1391Scale 1391: Aeradyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradyllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [1963, 3029, 1781, 1469, 1391, 2743, 3419, 3757] (Forte: 8-22) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [149, 673, 1061, 1289] (Forte: 4-22)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1963 is 2749

Scale 2749Scale 2749: Katagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatagyllic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1963 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2749

Scale 2749Scale 2749: Katagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatagyllic

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> 1963       T0I <11,0> 2749
T1 <1,1> 3926      T1I <11,1> 1403
T2 <1,2> 3757      T2I <11,2> 2806
T3 <1,3> 3419      T3I <11,3> 1517
T4 <1,4> 2743      T4I <11,4> 3034
T5 <1,5> 1391      T5I <11,5> 1973
T6 <1,6> 2782      T6I <11,6> 3946
T7 <1,7> 1469      T7I <11,7> 3797
T8 <1,8> 2938      T8I <11,8> 3499
T9 <1,9> 1781      T9I <11,9> 2903
T10 <1,10> 3562      T10I <11,10> 1711
T11 <1,11> 3029      T11I <11,11> 3422
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2623      T0MI <7,0> 3979
T1M <5,1> 1151      T1MI <7,1> 3863
T2M <5,2> 2302      T2MI <7,2> 3631
T3M <5,3> 509      T3MI <7,3> 3167
T4M <5,4> 1018      T4MI <7,4> 2239
T5M <5,5> 2036      T5MI <7,5> 383
T6M <5,6> 4072      T6MI <7,6> 766
T7M <5,7> 4049      T7MI <7,7> 1532
T8M <5,8> 4003      T8MI <7,8> 3064
T9M <5,9> 3911      T9MI <7,9> 2033
T10M <5,10> 3727      T10MI <7,10> 4066
T11M <5,11> 3359      T11MI <7,11> 4037

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 1961Scale 1961: Soptian, Ian Ring Music TheorySoptian
Scale 1965Scale 1965: Raga Mukhari, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Mukhari
Scale 1967Scale 1967: Diatonic Dorian Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryDiatonic Dorian Mixed
Scale 1955Scale 1955: Sonian, Ian Ring Music TheorySonian
Scale 1959Scale 1959: Katolyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatolyllic
Scale 1971Scale 1971: Aerynyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerynyllic
Scale 1979Scale 1979: Aeradygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradygic
Scale 1931Scale 1931: Stogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStogian
Scale 1947Scale 1947: Byptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryByptyllic
Scale 1995Scale 1995: Sideways Scale, Ian Ring Music TheorySideways Scale
Scale 2027Scale 2027: Boptygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBoptygic
Scale 1835Scale 1835: Byptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryByptian
Scale 1899Scale 1899: Moptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMoptyllic
Scale 1707Scale 1707: Dorian Flat 2, Ian Ring Music TheoryDorian Flat 2
Scale 1451Scale 1451: Phrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrygian
Scale 939Scale 939: Mela Senavati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Senavati
Scale 2987Scale 2987: Neapolitan Major and Minor Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryNeapolitan Major and Minor Mixed
Scale 4011Scale 4011: Styrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyrygic

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.