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Scale 3245: "Mela Varunapriya"

Scale 3245: Mela Varunapriya, 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

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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

Carnatic Mela
Mela Varunapriya
Carnatic Raga
Viravasantham
Zeitler
Aeracrian

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

{0,2,3,5,7,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-27

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: 1703

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.

6

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 695

Deep Scale

A deep scale is one where the interval vector has 6 different digits.

no

Interval Formula

Defines the scale as the sequence of intervals between one tone and the next.

[2, 1, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1] 9

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, 4, 4, 5, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m4n4s4d3t

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.286

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

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 TriadsD♯{3,7,10}231.57
G{7,11,2}321.29
A♯{10,2,5}241.86
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}142.14
gm{7,10,2}331.43
Augmented TriadsD♯+{3,7,11}331.43
Diminished Triads{11,2,5}231.71
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3245. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ D# D# D#->D#+ gm gm D#->gm Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3245. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G D#+->G gm->G A# A# gm->A# G->b° A#->b°

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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 VerticesG
Peripheral Verticescm, A♯

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3245 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1835
Scale 1835: Byptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryByptian
3rd mode:
Scale 2965
Scale 2965: Darian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDarian
4th mode:
Scale 1765
Scale 1765: Lonian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLonian
5th mode:
Scale 1465
Scale 1465: Mela Ragavardhani, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Ragavardhani
6th mode:
Scale 695
Scale 695: Sarian, Ian Ring Music TheorySarianThis is the prime mode
7th mode:
Scale 2395
Scale 2395: Zoptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZoptian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 695

Scale 695Scale 695: Sarian, Ian Ring Music TheorySarian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3245, 1835, 2965, 1765, 1465, 695, 2395] (Forte: 7-27) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [299, 689, 1417, 1573, 2197] (Forte: 5-27)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3245 is 1703

Scale 1703Scale 1703: Mela Vanaspati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Vanaspati

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3245 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1703

Scale 1703Scale 1703: Mela Vanaspati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Vanaspati

Transformations:

T0 3245  T0I 1703
T1 2395  T1I 3406
T2 695  T2I 2717
T3 1390  T3I 1339
T4 2780  T4I 2678
T5 1465  T5I 1261
T6 2930  T6I 2522
T7 1765  T7I 949
T8 3530  T8I 1898
T9 2965  T9I 3796
T10 1835  T10I 3497
T11 3670  T11I 2899

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 3247Scale 3247: Aeolonyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolonyllic
Scale 3241Scale 3241: Dalimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDalimic
Scale 3243Scale 3243: Mela Rupavati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Rupavati
Scale 3237Scale 3237: Raga Brindabani Sarang, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Brindabani Sarang
Scale 3253Scale 3253: Mela Naganandini, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Naganandini
Scale 3261Scale 3261: Dodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDodyllic
Scale 3213Scale 3213: Eponimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEponimic
Scale 3229Scale 3229: Aeolaptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolaptian
Scale 3277Scale 3277: Mela Nitimati, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Nitimati
Scale 3309Scale 3309: Bycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBycryllic
Scale 3117Scale 3117, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 3181Scale 3181: Rolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRolian
Scale 3373Scale 3373: Lodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLodian
Scale 3501Scale 3501: Maqam Nahawand, Ian Ring Music TheoryMaqam Nahawand
Scale 3757Scale 3757: Raga Mian Ki Malhar, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Mian Ki Malhar
Scale 2221Scale 2221: Raga Sindhura Kafi, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Sindhura Kafi
Scale 2733Scale 2733: Melodic Minor Ascending, Ian Ring Music TheoryMelodic Minor Ascending
Scale 1197Scale 1197: Minor Hexatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMinor Hexatonic

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. 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.