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# Scale 2157: "Nexian" ### 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).

Dozenal
Nexian

## Analysis

#### Cardinality

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

6 (hexatonic)

#### Pitch Class Set

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

{0,2,3,5,6,11}

#### Forte Number

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

6-Z13

#### 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.

[2.5]

#### 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.

no

#### 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.

0 (ancohemitonic)

#### 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.

4

#### 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.

5

#### Prime Form

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

no
prime: 219

#### 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, 2, 1, 5, 1]

#### 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, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2>

#### Interval Spectrum

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

p2m2n4s2d3t2

#### 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> = {1,2,5}
<2> = {3,6}
<3> = {4,5,7,8}
<4> = {6,9}
<5> = {7,10,11}

#### Spectra Variation

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

3

#### 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.

1.866

#### Polygon Perimeter

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

5.485

#### 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.



#### 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.

(24, 6, 51)

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

{11,2,5}131.5

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.

Diameter 3 2 no bm, B c°, b°

Also known as Bi-Triadic Hexatonics (a term coined by mDecks), and related to Generic Modality Compression (a method for guitar by Mick Goodrick and Tim Miller), these are two common triads that when combined use all the tones in this scale.

There is 1 way that this hexatonic scale can be split into two common triads.

 Diminished: {0, 3, 6}Diminished: {11, 2, 5}

## Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 2157 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

 2nd mode:Scale 1563 Joyian 3rd mode:Scale 2829 Rupian 4th mode:Scale 1731 Koxian 5th mode:Scale 2913 Senian 6th mode:Scale 219 Istrian This is the prime mode

## Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 219

 Scale 219 Istrian

## Complement

The hexatonic modal family [2157, 1563, 2829, 1731, 2913, 219] (Forte: 6-Z13) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [591, 633, 969, 2343, 3219, 3657] (Forte: 6-Z42)

## Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 2157 is 1731

 Scale 1731 Koxian

## 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> 2157       T0I <11,0> 1731
T1 <1,1> 219      T1I <11,1> 3462
T2 <1,2> 438      T2I <11,2> 2829
T3 <1,3> 876      T3I <11,3> 1563
T4 <1,4> 1752      T4I <11,4> 3126
T5 <1,5> 3504      T5I <11,5> 2157
T6 <1,6> 2913      T6I <11,6> 219
T7 <1,7> 1731      T7I <11,7> 438
T8 <1,8> 3462      T8I <11,8> 876
T9 <1,9> 2829      T9I <11,9> 1752
T10 <1,10> 1563      T10I <11,10> 3504
T11 <1,11> 3126      T11I <11,11> 2913
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1227      T0MI <7,0> 2661
T1M <5,1> 2454      T1MI <7,1> 1227
T2M <5,2> 813      T2MI <7,2> 2454
T3M <5,3> 1626      T3MI <7,3> 813
T4M <5,4> 3252      T4MI <7,4> 1626
T5M <5,5> 2409      T5MI <7,5> 3252
T6M <5,6> 723      T6MI <7,6> 2409
T7M <5,7> 1446      T7MI <7,7> 723
T8M <5,8> 2892      T8MI <7,8> 1446
T9M <5,9> 1689      T9MI <7,9> 2892
T10M <5,10> 3378      T10MI <7,10> 1689
T11M <5,11> 2661      T11MI <7,11> 3378

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T5I

## 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 2159 Neyian Scale 2153 Navian Scale 2155 Newian Scale 2149 Nasian Scale 2165 Necian Scale 2173 Nehian Scale 2125 Nadian Scale 2141 Nanian Scale 2093 Mulian Scale 2221 Raga Sindhura Kafi Scale 2285 Aerogian Scale 2413 Locrian Natural 2 Scale 2669 Jeths' Mode Scale 3181 Rolian Scale 109 Amsian Scale 1133 Stycrimic

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.