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Scale 2809: "Gythyllic"

Scale 2809: Gythyllic, 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
Gythyllic
Dozenal
Rocian

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

{0,3,4,5,6,7,9,11}

Forte Number

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

8-Z15

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: 1003

Hemitonia

A hemitone is two tones separated by a semitone interval. Hemitonia describes how many such hemitones exist.

5 (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.

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.

7

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 863

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.

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

<5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 3>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m5n5s5d5t3

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.25

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.

2.616

Polygon Perimeter

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

6.002

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.

(30, 59, 140)

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}341.91
F{5,9,0}242.27
B{11,3,6}342
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}441.82
em{4,7,11}242.18
am{9,0,4}342
Augmented TriadsD♯+{3,7,11}341.91
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}242.09
d♯°{3,6,9}242.27
f♯°{6,9,0}242.36
{9,0,3}242.09
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 2809. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm c°->cm B B c°->B C C cm->C D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ cm->a° em em C->em am am C->am d#° d#° f#° f#° d#°->f#° d#°->B D#+->em D#+->B F F F->f#° F->am a°->am

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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 2809 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 863
Scale 863: Pyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPyryllicThis is the prime mode
3rd mode:
Scale 2479
Scale 2479: Harmonic and Neapolitan Minor Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryHarmonic and Neapolitan Minor Mixed
4th mode:
Scale 3287
Scale 3287: Phrathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrathyllic
5th mode:
Scale 3691
Scale 3691: Badyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBadyllic
6th mode:
Scale 3893
Scale 3893: Phrocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocryllic
7th mode:
Scale 1997
Scale 1997: Raga Cintamani, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Cintamani
8th mode:
Scale 1523
Scale 1523: Zothyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZothyllic

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 863

Scale 863Scale 863: Pyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPyryllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [2809, 863, 2479, 3287, 3691, 3893, 1997, 1523] (Forte: 8-Z15) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [83, 773, 1217, 2089] (Forte: 4-Z15)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 2809 is 1003

Scale 1003Scale 1003: Ionyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyryllic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 2809 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1003

Scale 1003Scale 1003: Ionyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyryllic

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> 2809       T0I <11,0> 1003
T1 <1,1> 1523      T1I <11,1> 2006
T2 <1,2> 3046      T2I <11,2> 4012
T3 <1,3> 1997      T3I <11,3> 3929
T4 <1,4> 3994      T4I <11,4> 3763
T5 <1,5> 3893      T5I <11,5> 3431
T6 <1,6> 3691      T6I <11,6> 2767
T7 <1,7> 3287      T7I <11,7> 1439
T8 <1,8> 2479      T8I <11,8> 2878
T9 <1,9> 863      T9I <11,9> 1661
T10 <1,10> 1726      T10I <11,10> 3322
T11 <1,11> 3452      T11I <11,11> 2549
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3019      T0MI <7,0> 2683
T1M <5,1> 1943      T1MI <7,1> 1271
T2M <5,2> 3886      T2MI <7,2> 2542
T3M <5,3> 3677      T3MI <7,3> 989
T4M <5,4> 3259      T4MI <7,4> 1978
T5M <5,5> 2423      T5MI <7,5> 3956
T6M <5,6> 751      T6MI <7,6> 3817
T7M <5,7> 1502      T7MI <7,7> 3539
T8M <5,8> 3004      T8MI <7,8> 2983
T9M <5,9> 1913      T9MI <7,9> 1871
T10M <5,10> 3826      T10MI <7,10> 3742
T11M <5,11> 3557      T11MI <7,11> 3389

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 2811Scale 2811: Barygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBarygic
Scale 2813Scale 2813: Zolygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZolygic
Scale 2801Scale 2801: Zogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZogian
Scale 2805Scale 2805: Ishikotsucho, Ian Ring Music TheoryIshikotsucho
Scale 2793Scale 2793: Eporian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEporian
Scale 2777Scale 2777: Aeolian Harmonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolian Harmonic
Scale 2745Scale 2745: Mela Sulini, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Sulini
Scale 2681Scale 2681: Aerycrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerycrian
Scale 2937Scale 2937: Phragyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhragyllic
Scale 3065Scale 3065: Zothygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZothygic
Scale 2297Scale 2297: Thylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThylian
Scale 2553Scale 2553: Aeolaptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolaptyllic
Scale 3321Scale 3321: Epagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpagyllic
Scale 3833Scale 3833: Dycrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDycrygic
Scale 761Scale 761: Ponian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPonian
Scale 1785Scale 1785: Tharyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryTharyllic

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.