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# Scale 2981: "Ionolian" ### 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).

Zeitler
Ionolian
Dozenal
Sodian

## 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

{0,2,5,7,8,9,11}

#### Forte Number

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

7-25

#### 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: 1211

#### 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.

1 (uncohemitonic)

#### 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.

6

#### Prime Form

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

no
prime: 733

#### 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, 3, 2, 1, 1, 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.

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

#### Interval Spectrum

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

p4m3n5s4d3t2

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

#### Spectra Variation

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

2.286

#### 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.

2.549

#### Polygon Perimeter

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

5.967

#### 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.

(19, 28, 92)

## 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. 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

G{7,11,2}231.88
fm{5,8,0}331.63
{5,8,11}231.75
g♯°{8,11,2}231.88
{11,2,5}231.75

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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.

Diameter 3 3 yes

## Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 2981 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

 2nd mode:Scale 1769 Blues Heptatonic II 3rd mode:Scale 733 Donian This is the prime mode 4th mode:Scale 1207 Aeoloptian 5th mode:Scale 2651 Panian 6th mode:Scale 3373 Lodian 7th mode:Scale 1867 Solian

## Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 733

 Scale 733 Donian

## Complement

The heptatonic modal family [2981, 1769, 733, 1207, 2651, 3373, 1867] (Forte: 7-25) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [301, 721, 1099, 1673, 2597] (Forte: 5-25)

## Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 2981 is 1211

 Scale 1211 Zadian

## Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 2981 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1211

 Scale 1211 Zadian

## 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> 2981       T0I <11,0> 1211
T1 <1,1> 1867      T1I <11,1> 2422
T2 <1,2> 3734      T2I <11,2> 749
T3 <1,3> 3373      T3I <11,3> 1498
T4 <1,4> 2651      T4I <11,4> 2996
T5 <1,5> 1207      T5I <11,5> 1897
T6 <1,6> 2414      T6I <11,6> 3794
T7 <1,7> 733      T7I <11,7> 3493
T8 <1,8> 1466      T8I <11,8> 2891
T9 <1,9> 2932      T9I <11,9> 1687
T10 <1,10> 1769      T10I <11,10> 3374
T11 <1,11> 3538      T11I <11,11> 2653
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3731      T0MI <7,0> 2351
T1M <5,1> 3367      T1MI <7,1> 607
T2M <5,2> 2639      T2MI <7,2> 1214
T3M <5,3> 1183      T3MI <7,3> 2428
T4M <5,4> 2366      T4MI <7,4> 761
T5M <5,5> 637      T5MI <7,5> 1522
T6M <5,6> 1274      T6MI <7,6> 3044
T7M <5,7> 2548      T7MI <7,7> 1993
T8M <5,8> 1001      T8MI <7,8> 3986
T9M <5,9> 2002      T9MI <7,9> 3877
T10M <5,10> 4004      T10MI <7,10> 3659
T11M <5,11> 3913      T11MI <7,11> 3223

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 2983 Zythyllic Scale 2977 Sobian Scale 2979 Gyptian Scale 2985 Epacrian Scale 2989 Bebop Minor Scale 2997 Major Bebop Scale 2949 Sikian Scale 2965 Darian Scale 3013 Thynian Scale 3045 Raptyllic Scale 2853 Baptimic Scale 2917 Nohkan Flute Scale Scale 2725 Raga Nagagandhari Scale 2469 Raga Bhinna Pancama Scale 3493 Rathian Scale 4005 Zibian Scale 933 Dadimic Scale 1957 Pyrian

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.