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Scale 3229: "Aeolaptian"

Scale 3229: Aeolaptian, 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
Aeolaptian
Dozenal
Ufuian

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

{0,2,3,4,7,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-Z17

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.

[1]

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.

4 (multihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

A cohemitone is an instance of two adjacent hemitones. Cohemitonia describes how many such cohemitones exist.

2 (dicohemitonic)

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: 631

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, 1, 3, 3, 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.

<4, 3, 4, 5, 4, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m5n4s3d4t

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.571

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.

2.433

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.899

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.

[2]

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.

(26, 33, 96)

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 TriadsC{0,4,7}242
D♯{3,7,10}331.5
G{7,11,2}231.75
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}231.75
em{4,7,11}331.5
gm{7,10,2}242
Augmented TriadsD♯+{3,7,11}421.25
Diminished Triads{4,7,10}231.75
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3229. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ em em C->em D# D# D#->D#+ D#->e° gm gm D#->gm D#+->em Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3229. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G D#+->G e°->em gm->G

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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
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesD♯+
Peripheral VerticesC, gm

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3229 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1831
Scale 1831: Pothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPothian
3rd mode:
Scale 2963
Scale 2963: Bygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBygian
4th mode:
Scale 3529
Scale 3529: Stalian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStalian
5th mode:
Scale 953
Scale 953: Mela Yagapriya, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Yagapriya
6th mode:
Scale 631
Scale 631: Zygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZygianThis is the prime mode
7th mode:
Scale 2363
Scale 2363: Kataptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKataptian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 631

Scale 631Scale 631: Zygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZygian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3229, 1831, 2963, 3529, 953, 631, 2363] (Forte: 7-Z17) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [283, 433, 1571, 2189, 2833] (Forte: 5-Z17)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3229 is 1831

Scale 1831Scale 1831: Pothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPothian

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> 3229       T0I <11,0> 1831
T1 <1,1> 2363      T1I <11,1> 3662
T2 <1,2> 631      T2I <11,2> 3229
T3 <1,3> 1262      T3I <11,3> 2363
T4 <1,4> 2524      T4I <11,4> 631
T5 <1,5> 953      T5I <11,5> 1262
T6 <1,6> 1906      T6I <11,6> 2524
T7 <1,7> 3812      T7I <11,7> 953
T8 <1,8> 3529      T8I <11,8> 1906
T9 <1,9> 2963      T9I <11,9> 3812
T10 <1,10> 1831      T10I <11,10> 3529
T11 <1,11> 3662      T11I <11,11> 2963
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3469      T0MI <7,0> 1591
T1M <5,1> 2843      T1MI <7,1> 3182
T2M <5,2> 1591      T2MI <7,2> 2269
T3M <5,3> 3182      T3MI <7,3> 443
T4M <5,4> 2269      T4MI <7,4> 886
T5M <5,5> 443      T5MI <7,5> 1772
T6M <5,6> 886      T6MI <7,6> 3544
T7M <5,7> 1772      T7MI <7,7> 2993
T8M <5,8> 3544      T8MI <7,8> 1891
T9M <5,9> 2993      T9MI <7,9> 3782
T10M <5,10> 1891      T10MI <7,10> 3469
T11M <5,11> 3782      T11MI <7,11> 2843

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T2I

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 3231Scale 3231: Kataptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKataptyllic
Scale 3225Scale 3225: Ionalimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonalimic
Scale 3227Scale 3227: Aeolocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolocrian
Scale 3221Scale 3221: Bycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBycrimic
Scale 3213Scale 3213: Eponimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEponimic
Scale 3245Scale 3245: Mela Varunapriya, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Varunapriya
Scale 3261Scale 3261: Dodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDodyllic
Scale 3293Scale 3293: Saryllic, Ian Ring Music TheorySaryllic
Scale 3101Scale 3101: Tiyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTiyian
Scale 3165Scale 3165: Mylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMylian
Scale 3357Scale 3357: Phrodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrodian
Scale 3485Scale 3485: Sabach, Ian Ring Music TheorySabach
Scale 3741Scale 3741: Zydyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZydyllic
Scale 2205Scale 2205: Ionocrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonocrimic
Scale 2717Scale 2717: Epygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpygian
Scale 1181Scale 1181: Katagimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatagimic

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.