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Scale 3177: "Rothimic"

Scale 3177: Rothimic, 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
Rothimic
Dozenal
Tutian

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

{0,3,5,6,10,11}

Forte Number

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

6-18

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: 711

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.

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.

5

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 423

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, 2, 1, 4, 1, 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, 2, 2, 4, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m2n2s2d3t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.333

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.

2.116

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.699

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.

(6, 12, 57)

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 TriadsB{11,3,6}210.67
Minor Triadsd♯m{3,6,10}121
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}121

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {5}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3177. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 B B c°->B d#m d#m d#m->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.

Diameter2
Radius1
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesB
Peripheral Verticesc°, d♯m

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3177 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 909
Scale 909: Katarimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatarimic
3rd mode:
Scale 1251
Scale 1251: Sylimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySylimic
4th mode:
Scale 2673
Scale 2673: Mythimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMythimic
5th mode:
Scale 423
Scale 423: Sogimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySogimicThis is the prime mode
6th mode:
Scale 2259
Scale 2259: Raga Mandari, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Mandari

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 423

Scale 423Scale 423: Sogimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySogimic

Complement

The hexatonic modal family [3177, 909, 1251, 2673, 423, 2259] (Forte: 6-18) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [423, 909, 1251, 2259, 2673, 3177] (Forte: 6-18)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3177 is 711

Scale 711Scale 711: Raga Chandrajyoti, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Chandrajyoti

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3177 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 711

Scale 711Scale 711: Raga Chandrajyoti, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Chandrajyoti

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> 3177       T0I <11,0> 711
T1 <1,1> 2259      T1I <11,1> 1422
T2 <1,2> 423      T2I <11,2> 2844
T3 <1,3> 846      T3I <11,3> 1593
T4 <1,4> 1692      T4I <11,4> 3186
T5 <1,5> 3384      T5I <11,5> 2277
T6 <1,6> 2673      T6I <11,6> 459
T7 <1,7> 1251      T7I <11,7> 918
T8 <1,8> 2502      T8I <11,8> 1836
T9 <1,9> 909      T9I <11,9> 3672
T10 <1,10> 1818      T10I <11,10> 3249
T11 <1,11> 3636      T11I <11,11> 2403
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 207      T0MI <7,0> 3681
T1M <5,1> 414      T1MI <7,1> 3267
T2M <5,2> 828      T2MI <7,2> 2439
T3M <5,3> 1656      T3MI <7,3> 783
T4M <5,4> 3312      T4MI <7,4> 1566
T5M <5,5> 2529      T5MI <7,5> 3132
T6M <5,6> 963      T6MI <7,6> 2169
T7M <5,7> 1926      T7MI <7,7> 243
T8M <5,8> 3852      T8MI <7,8> 486
T9M <5,9> 3609      T9MI <7,9> 972
T10M <5,10> 3123      T10MI <7,10> 1944
T11M <5,11> 2151      T11MI <7,11> 3888

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 3179Scale 3179: Daptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDaptian
Scale 3181Scale 3181: Rolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRolian
Scale 3169Scale 3169: Tupian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTupian
Scale 3173Scale 3173: Zarimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZarimic
Scale 3185Scale 3185: Messiaen Mode 5 Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 5 Inverse
Scale 3193Scale 3193: Zathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZathian
Scale 3145Scale 3145: Stolitonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStolitonic
Scale 3161Scale 3161: Kodimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKodimic
Scale 3113Scale 3113: Tigian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTigian
Scale 3241Scale 3241: Dalimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDalimic
Scale 3305Scale 3305: Chromatic Hypophrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian
Scale 3433Scale 3433: Thonian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThonian
Scale 3689Scale 3689: Katocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatocrian
Scale 2153Scale 2153: Navian, Ian Ring Music TheoryNavian
Scale 2665Scale 2665: Aeradimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradimic
Scale 1129Scale 1129: Raga Jayakauns, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Jayakauns

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.