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Scale 3481: "Katathian"

Scale 3481: Katathian, 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
Katathian
Dozenal
Vuqian

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

{0,3,4,7,8,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-21

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: 823

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.

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.

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: 823

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, 1, 3, 1, 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, 2, 4, 6, 4, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m6n4s2d4t

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}
<3> = {4,5,6,7}
<4> = {5,6,7,8}
<5> = {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

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.

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.

(7, 33, 90)

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}331.7
D♯{3,7,10}242.1
E{4,8,11}331.7
G♯{8,0,3}341.9
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}331.7
em{4,7,11}431.5
g♯m{8,11,3}331.7
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}341.9
D♯+{3,7,11}431.5
Diminished Triads{4,7,10}242.1
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3481. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ G# G# cm->G# C+ C+ C->C+ em em C->em E E C+->E C+->G# D# D# D#->D#+ D#->e° D#+->em g#m g#m D#+->g#m e°->em em->E E->g#m g#m->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
Radius3
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticescm, C, D♯+, em, E, g♯m
Peripheral VerticesC+, D♯, e°, G♯

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3481 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 947
Scale 947: Mela Gayakapriya, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Gayakapriya
3rd mode:
Scale 2521
Scale 2521: Mela Dhatuvardhani, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Dhatuvardhani
4th mode:
Scale 827
Scale 827: Mixolocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixolocrian
5th mode:
Scale 2461
Scale 2461: Sagian, Ian Ring Music TheorySagian
6th mode:
Scale 1639
Scale 1639: Aeolothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolothian
7th mode:
Scale 2867
Scale 2867: Socrian, Ian Ring Music TheorySocrian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 823

Scale 823Scale 823: Stodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStodian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3481, 947, 2521, 827, 2461, 1639, 2867] (Forte: 7-21) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [307, 787, 817, 2201, 2441] (Forte: 5-21)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3481 is 823

Scale 823Scale 823: Stodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStodian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3481 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 823

Scale 823Scale 823: Stodian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStodian

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> 3481       T0I <11,0> 823
T1 <1,1> 2867      T1I <11,1> 1646
T2 <1,2> 1639      T2I <11,2> 3292
T3 <1,3> 3278      T3I <11,3> 2489
T4 <1,4> 2461      T4I <11,4> 883
T5 <1,5> 827      T5I <11,5> 1766
T6 <1,6> 1654      T6I <11,6> 3532
T7 <1,7> 3308      T7I <11,7> 2969
T8 <1,8> 2521      T8I <11,8> 1843
T9 <1,9> 947      T9I <11,9> 3686
T10 <1,10> 1894      T10I <11,10> 3277
T11 <1,11> 3788      T11I <11,11> 2459
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2461      T0MI <7,0> 1843
T1M <5,1> 827      T1MI <7,1> 3686
T2M <5,2> 1654      T2MI <7,2> 3277
T3M <5,3> 3308      T3MI <7,3> 2459
T4M <5,4> 2521      T4MI <7,4> 823
T5M <5,5> 947      T5MI <7,5> 1646
T6M <5,6> 1894      T6MI <7,6> 3292
T7M <5,7> 3788      T7MI <7,7> 2489
T8M <5,8> 3481       T8MI <7,8> 883
T9M <5,9> 2867      T9MI <7,9> 1766
T10M <5,10> 1639      T10MI <7,10> 3532
T11M <5,11> 3278      T11MI <7,11> 2969

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

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 3483Scale 3483: Mixotharyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMixotharyllic
Scale 3485Scale 3485: Sabach, Ian Ring Music TheorySabach
Scale 3473Scale 3473: Lathimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLathimic
Scale 3477Scale 3477: Kyptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKyptian
Scale 3465Scale 3465: Katathimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatathimic
Scale 3497Scale 3497: Phrolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrolian
Scale 3513Scale 3513: Dydyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDydyllic
Scale 3545Scale 3545: Thyptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThyptyllic
Scale 3353Scale 3353: Phraptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhraptimic
Scale 3417Scale 3417: Golian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGolian
Scale 3225Scale 3225: Ionalimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonalimic
Scale 3737Scale 3737: Phrocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocrian
Scale 3993Scale 3993: Ioniptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIoniptyllic
Scale 2457Scale 2457: Augmented, Ian Ring Music TheoryAugmented
Scale 2969Scale 2969: Tholian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTholian
Scale 1433Scale 1433: Dynimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDynimic

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.