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Scale 3421: "Aerothyllic"

Scale 3421: Aerothyllic, 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
Aerothyllic
Dozenal
Vifian

Analysis

Cardinality

Cardinality is the count of how many pitches are in the scale.

8 (octatonic)

Pitch Class Set

The tones in this scale, expressed as numbers from 0 to 11

{0,2,3,4,6,8,10,11}

Forte Number

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

8-24

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.

4

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.

7

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 1399

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, 2, 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.

<4, 6, 4, 7, 4, 3>

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m7n4s6d4t3

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

Spectra Variation

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

1.5

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.

yes

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.

2.732

Polygon Perimeter

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

6.071

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.

(4, 53, 126)

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 TriadsE{4,8,11}242.1
G♯{8,0,3}341.9
B{11,3,6}431.5
Minor Triadsd♯m{3,6,10}242.1
g♯m{8,11,3}431.5
bm{11,2,6}341.9
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}252.5
D+{2,6,10}252.5
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}231.9
g♯°{8,11,2}231.9
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3421. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G# G# c°->G# B B c°->B C+ C+ E E C+->E C+->G# D+ D+ d#m d#m D+->d#m bm bm D+->bm d#m->B g#m g#m E->g#m g#° g#° g#°->g#m g#°->bm g#m->G# g#m->B bm->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.

Diameter5
Radius3
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticesc°, g♯°, g♯m, B
Peripheral VerticesC+, D+

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3421 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1879
Scale 1879: Mixoryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixoryllic
3rd mode:
Scale 2987
Scale 2987: Neapolitan Major and Minor Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryNeapolitan Major and Minor Mixed
4th mode:
Scale 3541
Scale 3541: Racryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRacryllic
5th mode:
Scale 1909
Scale 1909: Epicryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpicryllic
6th mode:
Scale 1501
Scale 1501: Stygyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStygyllic
7th mode:
Scale 1399
Scale 1399: Syryllic, Ian Ring Music TheorySyryllicThis is the prime mode
8th mode:
Scale 2747
Scale 2747: Stythyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStythyllic

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 1399

Scale 1399Scale 1399: Syryllic, Ian Ring Music TheorySyryllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [3421, 1879, 2987, 3541, 1909, 1501, 1399, 2747] (Forte: 8-24) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [277, 337, 1093, 1297] (Forte: 4-24)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3421 is 1879

Scale 1879Scale 1879: Mixoryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixoryllic

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> 3421       T0I <11,0> 1879
T1 <1,1> 2747      T1I <11,1> 3758
T2 <1,2> 1399      T2I <11,2> 3421
T3 <1,3> 2798      T3I <11,3> 2747
T4 <1,4> 1501      T4I <11,4> 1399
T5 <1,5> 3002      T5I <11,5> 2798
T6 <1,6> 1909      T6I <11,6> 1501
T7 <1,7> 3818      T7I <11,7> 3002
T8 <1,8> 3541      T8I <11,8> 1909
T9 <1,9> 2987      T9I <11,9> 3818
T10 <1,10> 1879      T10I <11,10> 3541
T11 <1,11> 3758      T11I <11,11> 2987
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1501      T0MI <7,0> 1909
T1M <5,1> 3002      T1MI <7,1> 3818
T2M <5,2> 1909      T2MI <7,2> 3541
T3M <5,3> 3818      T3MI <7,3> 2987
T4M <5,4> 3541      T4MI <7,4> 1879
T5M <5,5> 2987      T5MI <7,5> 3758
T6M <5,6> 1879      T6MI <7,6> 3421
T7M <5,7> 3758      T7MI <7,7> 2747
T8M <5,8> 3421       T8MI <7,8> 1399
T9M <5,9> 2747      T9MI <7,9> 2798
T10M <5,10> 1399      T10MI <7,10> 1501
T11M <5,11> 2798      T11MI <7,11> 3002

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T2I, T8M, T6MI

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 3423Scale 3423: Lothygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLothygic
Scale 3417Scale 3417: Golian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGolian
Scale 3419Scale 3419: Magen Abot 1, Ian Ring Music TheoryMagen Abot 1
Scale 3413Scale 3413: Leading Whole-tone, Ian Ring Music TheoryLeading Whole-tone
Scale 3405Scale 3405: Stynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStynian
Scale 3437Scale 3437: Vopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryVopian
Scale 3453Scale 3453: Katarygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatarygic
Scale 3357Scale 3357: Phrodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrodian
Scale 3389Scale 3389: Socryllic, Ian Ring Music TheorySocryllic
Scale 3485Scale 3485: Sabach, Ian Ring Music TheorySabach
Scale 3549Scale 3549: Messiaen Mode 3 Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 3 Inverse
Scale 3165Scale 3165: Mylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMylian
Scale 3293Scale 3293: Saryllic, Ian Ring Music TheorySaryllic
Scale 3677Scale 3677: Xafian, Ian Ring Music TheoryXafian
Scale 3933Scale 3933: Ionidygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonidygic
Scale 2397Scale 2397: Stagian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStagian
Scale 2909Scale 2909: Mocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMocryllic
Scale 1373Scale 1373: Storian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStorian

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.