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Scale 3589: "Widian"

Scale 3589: Widian, 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

Dozenal
Widian

Analysis

Cardinality

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

5 (pentatonic)

Pitch Class Set

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

{0,2,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

5-2

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: 1039

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.

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.

4

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 47

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, 7, 1, 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, 3, 2, 1, 1, 0>

Interval Spectrum

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

pmn2s3d3

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

Spectra Variation

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

5.2

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.

0.933

Polygon Perimeter

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

4.485

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.

(15, 6, 32)

Common Triads

There are no common triads (major, minor, augmented and diminished) that can be formed using notes in this scale.

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3589 can be rotated to make 4 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1921
Scale 1921: Lukian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLukian
3rd mode:
Scale 47
Scale 47: Agoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAgoianThis is the prime mode
4th mode:
Scale 2071
Scale 2071: Moxian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMoxian
5th mode:
Scale 3083
Scale 3083: Rehian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRehian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 47

Scale 47Scale 47: Agoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAgoian

Complement

The pentatonic modal family [3589, 1921, 47, 2071, 3083] (Forte: 5-2) is the complement of the heptatonic modal family [191, 2017, 2143, 3119, 3607, 3851, 3973] (Forte: 7-2)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3589 is 1039

Scale 1039Scale 1039: Gixian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGixian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3589 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1039

Scale 1039Scale 1039: Gixian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGixian

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> 3589       T0I <11,0> 1039
T1 <1,1> 3083      T1I <11,1> 2078
T2 <1,2> 2071      T2I <11,2> 61
T3 <1,3> 47      T3I <11,3> 122
T4 <1,4> 94      T4I <11,4> 244
T5 <1,5> 188      T5I <11,5> 488
T6 <1,6> 376      T6I <11,6> 976
T7 <1,7> 752      T7I <11,7> 1952
T8 <1,8> 1504      T8I <11,8> 3904
T9 <1,9> 3008      T9I <11,9> 3713
T10 <1,10> 1921      T10I <11,10> 3331
T11 <1,11> 3842      T11I <11,11> 2567
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1669      T0MI <7,0> 1069
T1M <5,1> 3338      T1MI <7,1> 2138
T2M <5,2> 2581      T2MI <7,2> 181
T3M <5,3> 1067      T3MI <7,3> 362
T4M <5,4> 2134      T4MI <7,4> 724
T5M <5,5> 173      T5MI <7,5> 1448
T6M <5,6> 346      T6MI <7,6> 2896
T7M <5,7> 692      T7MI <7,7> 1697
T8M <5,8> 1384      T8MI <7,8> 3394
T9M <5,9> 2768      T9MI <7,9> 2693
T10M <5,10> 1441      T10MI <7,10> 1291
T11M <5,11> 2882      T11MI <7,11> 2582

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0

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 3591Scale 3591: Wifian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWifian
Scale 3585Scale 3585: Tetratonic Chromatic Descending, Ian Ring Music TheoryTetratonic Chromatic Descending
Scale 3587Scale 3587: Pentatonic Chromatic 4, Ian Ring Music TheoryPentatonic Chromatic 4
Scale 3593Scale 3593: Wigian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWigian
Scale 3597Scale 3597: Wijian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWijian
Scale 3605Scale 3605: Olkian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOlkian
Scale 3621Scale 3621: Gylimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGylimic
Scale 3653Scale 3653: Sathimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySathimic
Scale 3717Scale 3717: Xidian, Ian Ring Music TheoryXidian
Scale 3845Scale 3845: Yihian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYihian
Scale 3077Scale 3077: Tekian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTekian
Scale 3333Scale 3333: Vacian, Ian Ring Music TheoryVacian
Scale 2565Scale 2565: Pogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPogian
Scale 1541Scale 1541: Jilian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJilian

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.