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Scale 2223: "Konian"

Scale 2223: Konian, 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
Konian
Dozenal
Nomian

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

{0,1,2,3,5,7,11}

Forte Number

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

7-9

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: 3747

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.

3 (tricohemitonic)

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.

6

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 351

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

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

Interval Spectrum

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

p3m4n3s5d4t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

3.429

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.

(46, 40, 104)

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 TriadsG{7,11,2}221
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}131.5
Augmented TriadsD♯+{3,7,11}221
Diminished Triads{11,2,5}131.5

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {1}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 2223. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 2223. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G D#+->G G->b°

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
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesD♯+, G
Peripheral Verticescm, b°

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 2223 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3159
Scale 3159: Stocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStocrian
3rd mode:
Scale 3627
Scale 3627: Kalian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKalian
4th mode:
Scale 3861
Scale 3861: Phroptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhroptian
5th mode:
Scale 1989
Scale 1989: Dydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDydian
6th mode:
Scale 1521
Scale 1521: Stanian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStanian
7th mode:
Scale 351
Scale 351: Epanian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpanianThis is the prime mode

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 351

Scale 351Scale 351: Epanian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpanian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [2223, 3159, 3627, 3861, 1989, 1521, 351] (Forte: 7-9) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [87, 1473, 1797, 2091, 3093] (Forte: 5-9)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 2223 is 3747

Scale 3747Scale 3747: Myrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMyrian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 2223 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3747

Scale 3747Scale 3747: Myrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMyrian

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> 2223       T0I <11,0> 3747
T1 <1,1> 351      T1I <11,1> 3399
T2 <1,2> 702      T2I <11,2> 2703
T3 <1,3> 1404      T3I <11,3> 1311
T4 <1,4> 2808      T4I <11,4> 2622
T5 <1,5> 1521      T5I <11,5> 1149
T6 <1,6> 3042      T6I <11,6> 2298
T7 <1,7> 1989      T7I <11,7> 501
T8 <1,8> 3978      T8I <11,8> 1002
T9 <1,9> 3861      T9I <11,9> 2004
T10 <1,10> 3627      T10I <11,10> 4008
T11 <1,11> 3159      T11I <11,11> 3921
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3243      T0MI <7,0> 2727
T1M <5,1> 2391      T1MI <7,1> 1359
T2M <5,2> 687      T2MI <7,2> 2718
T3M <5,3> 1374      T3MI <7,3> 1341
T4M <5,4> 2748      T4MI <7,4> 2682
T5M <5,5> 1401      T5MI <7,5> 1269
T6M <5,6> 2802      T6MI <7,6> 2538
T7M <5,7> 1509      T7MI <7,7> 981
T8M <5,8> 3018      T8MI <7,8> 1962
T9M <5,9> 1941      T9MI <7,9> 3924
T10M <5,10> 3882      T10MI <7,10> 3753
T11M <5,11> 3669      T11MI <7,11> 3411

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 2221Scale 2221: Raga Sindhura Kafi, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Sindhura Kafi
Scale 2219Scale 2219: Phrydimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrydimic
Scale 2215Scale 2215: Ranimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRanimic
Scale 2231Scale 2231: Macrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMacrian
Scale 2239Scale 2239: Dacryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDacryllic
Scale 2191Scale 2191: Thydimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThydimic
Scale 2207Scale 2207: Mygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMygian
Scale 2255Scale 2255: Dylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDylian
Scale 2287Scale 2287: Lodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLodyllic
Scale 2095Scale 2095: Mumian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMumian
Scale 2159Scale 2159: Neyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryNeyian
Scale 2351Scale 2351: Gynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGynian
Scale 2479Scale 2479: Harmonic and Neapolitan Minor Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryHarmonic and Neapolitan Minor Mixed
Scale 2735Scale 2735: Gynyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGynyllic
Scale 3247Scale 3247: Aeolonyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolonyllic
Scale 175Scale 175: Bewian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBewian
Scale 1199Scale 1199: Magian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMagian

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.