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Scale 3603: "Womian"

Scale 3603: Womian, 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
Womian

Analysis

Cardinality

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

{0,1,4,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

6-Z36

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: 2319

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.

3 (tricohemitonic)

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.

5

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 159

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.

[1, 3, 5, 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.

<4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p2m2n3s3d4t

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

Spectra Variation

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

4.333

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.

1.75

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.417

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.

(41, 9, 55)

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 TriadsA{9,1,4}210.67
Minor Triadsam{9,0,4}121
Diminished Triadsa♯°{10,1,4}121

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

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3603. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 am am A A am->A a#° a#° A->a#°

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.

Diameter2
Radius1
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesA
Peripheral Verticesam, a♯°

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3603 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3849
Scale 3849: Yikian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYikian
3rd mode:
Scale 993
Scale 993: Gavian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGavian
4th mode:
Scale 159
Scale 159: Bamian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBamianThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2127
Scale 2127: Nafian, Ian Ring Music TheoryNafian
6th mode:
Scale 3111
Scale 3111: Tifian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTifian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 159

Scale 159Scale 159: Bamian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBamian

Complement

The hexatonic modal family [3603, 3849, 993, 159, 2127, 3111] (Forte: 6-Z36) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [111, 1923, 2103, 3009, 3099, 3597] (Forte: 6-Z3)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3603 is 2319

Scale 2319Scale 2319: Oduian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOduian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3603 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2319

Scale 2319Scale 2319: Oduian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOduian

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> 3603       T0I <11,0> 2319
T1 <1,1> 3111      T1I <11,1> 543
T2 <1,2> 2127      T2I <11,2> 1086
T3 <1,3> 159      T3I <11,3> 2172
T4 <1,4> 318      T4I <11,4> 249
T5 <1,5> 636      T5I <11,5> 498
T6 <1,6> 1272      T6I <11,6> 996
T7 <1,7> 2544      T7I <11,7> 1992
T8 <1,8> 993      T8I <11,8> 3984
T9 <1,9> 1986      T9I <11,9> 3873
T10 <1,10> 3972      T10I <11,10> 3651
T11 <1,11> 3849      T11I <11,11> 3207
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 933      T0MI <7,0> 1209
T1M <5,1> 1866      T1MI <7,1> 2418
T2M <5,2> 3732      T2MI <7,2> 741
T3M <5,3> 3369      T3MI <7,3> 1482
T4M <5,4> 2643      T4MI <7,4> 2964
T5M <5,5> 1191      T5MI <7,5> 1833
T6M <5,6> 2382      T6MI <7,6> 3666
T7M <5,7> 669      T7MI <7,7> 3237
T8M <5,8> 1338      T8MI <7,8> 2379
T9M <5,9> 2676      T9MI <7,9> 663
T10M <5,10> 1257      T10MI <7,10> 1326
T11M <5,11> 2514      T11MI <7,11> 2652

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 3601Scale 3601: Wilian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWilian
Scale 3605Scale 3605: Olkian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOlkian
Scale 3607Scale 3607: Wopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWopian
Scale 3611Scale 3611: Worian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWorian
Scale 3587Scale 3587: Pentatonic Chromatic 4, Ian Ring Music TheoryPentatonic Chromatic 4
Scale 3595Scale 3595: Wihian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWihian
Scale 3619Scale 3619: Thanimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThanimic
Scale 3635Scale 3635: Katygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatygian
Scale 3667Scale 3667: Kaptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKaptian
Scale 3731Scale 3731: Aeryrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeryrian
Scale 3859Scale 3859: Aeolarian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolarian
Scale 3091Scale 3091: Tisian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTisian
Scale 3347Scale 3347: Synimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySynimic
Scale 2579Scale 2579: Pupian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPupian
Scale 1555Scale 1555: Jotian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJotian

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.