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Scale 3395: "Vepian"

Scale 3395: Vepian, 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




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


Forte Number

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


Rotational Symmetry

Some scales have rotational symmetry, sometimes known as "limited transposition". If there are any rotational symmetries, these are the intervals of periodicity.


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.



A palindromic scale has the same pattern of intervals both ascending and descending.



A chiral scale can not be transformed into its inverse by rotation. If a scale is chiral, then it has an enantiomorph.

enantiomorph: 2135


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

3 (trihemitonic)


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

2 (dicohemitonic)


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.



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.


Prime Form

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

prime: 175


Indicates if the scale can be constructed using a generator, and an origin.


Deep Scale

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


Interval Structure

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

[1, 5, 2, 2, 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, 4, 2, 2, 3, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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


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

Spectra Variation

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


Maximally Even

A scale is maximally even if the tones are optimally spaced apart from each other.


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.


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.


Polygon Perimeter

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


Myhill Property

A scale has Myhill Property if the Interval Spectra has exactly two specific intervals for every generic interval.



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.


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.



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".


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.

(29, 19, 65)

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 TriadsF♯{6,10,1}000

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {0,8,11}

Since there is only one common triad in this scale, there are no opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads.


Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3395 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3745
Scale 3745: Xuvian, Ian Ring Music TheoryXuvian
3rd mode:
Scale 245
Scale 245: Raga Dipak, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Dipak
4th mode:
Scale 1085
Scale 1085: Gozian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGozian
5th mode:
Scale 1295
Scale 1295: Huyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryHuyian
6th mode:
Scale 2695
Scale 2695: Rakian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRakian


The prime form of this scale is Scale 175

Scale 175Scale 175: Bewian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBewian


The hexatonic modal family [3395, 3745, 245, 1085, 1295, 2695] (Forte: 6-9) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [175, 1505, 1925, 2135, 3115, 3605] (Forte: 6-9)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3395 is 2135

Scale 2135Scale 2135: Nakian, Ian Ring Music TheoryNakian


Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3395 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2135

Scale 2135Scale 2135: Nakian, Ian Ring Music TheoryNakian


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> 3395       T0I <11,0> 2135
T1 <1,1> 2695      T1I <11,1> 175
T2 <1,2> 1295      T2I <11,2> 350
T3 <1,3> 2590      T3I <11,3> 700
T4 <1,4> 1085      T4I <11,4> 1400
T5 <1,5> 2170      T5I <11,5> 2800
T6 <1,6> 245      T6I <11,6> 1505
T7 <1,7> 490      T7I <11,7> 3010
T8 <1,8> 980      T8I <11,8> 1925
T9 <1,9> 1960      T9I <11,9> 3850
T10 <1,10> 3920      T10I <11,10> 3605
T11 <1,11> 3745      T11I <11,11> 3115
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 245      T0MI <7,0> 1505
T1M <5,1> 490      T1MI <7,1> 3010
T2M <5,2> 980      T2MI <7,2> 1925
T3M <5,3> 1960      T3MI <7,3> 3850
T4M <5,4> 3920      T4MI <7,4> 3605
T5M <5,5> 3745      T5MI <7,5> 3115
T6M <5,6> 3395       T6MI <7,6> 2135
T7M <5,7> 2695      T7MI <7,7> 175
T8M <5,8> 1295      T8MI <7,8> 350
T9M <5,9> 2590      T9MI <7,9> 700
T10M <5,10> 1085      T10MI <7,10> 1400
T11M <5,11> 2170      T11MI <7,11> 2800

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T6M

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 3393Scale 3393: Venian, Ian Ring Music TheoryVenian
Scale 3397Scale 3397: Sydimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySydimic
Scale 3399Scale 3399: Zonian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZonian
Scale 3403Scale 3403: Bylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBylian
Scale 3411Scale 3411: Enigmatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEnigmatic
Scale 3427Scale 3427: Zacrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZacrian
Scale 3331Scale 3331: Vabian, Ian Ring Music TheoryVabian
Scale 3363Scale 3363: Rogimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRogimic
Scale 3459Scale 3459: Vocian, Ian Ring Music TheoryVocian
Scale 3523Scale 3523, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 3139Scale 3139: Towian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTowian
Scale 3267Scale 3267: Urfian, Ian Ring Music TheoryUrfian
Scale 3651Scale 3651: Wuqian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWuqian
Scale 3907Scale 3907, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 2371Scale 2371: Omoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOmoian
Scale 2883Scale 2883: Savian, Ian Ring Music TheorySavian
Scale 1347Scale 1347: Igoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIgoian

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 ( 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.