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Scale 3697: "Ionarian"

Scale 3697: Ionarian, 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
Ionarian
Dozenal
Xerian

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

{0,4,5,6,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-7

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: 463

Hemitonia

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

5 (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.

2

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: 463

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.

[4, 1, 1, 3, 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.

<5, 3, 2, 3, 5, 3>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m3n2s3d5t3

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.571

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.

2.183

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.734

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.

(22, 27, 84)

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 TriadsF{5,9,0}210.67
Minor Triadsam{9,0,4}121
Diminished Triadsf♯°{6,9,0}121

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {10,11}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3697. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 F F f#° f#° F->f#° am am F->am

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 VerticesF
Peripheral Verticesf♯°, am

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3697 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 487
Scale 487: Dynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDynian
3rd mode:
Scale 2291
Scale 2291: Zydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZydian
4th mode:
Scale 3193
Scale 3193: Zathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZathian
5th mode:
Scale 911
Scale 911: Radian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRadian
6th mode:
Scale 2503
Scale 2503: Mela Jhalavarali, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Jhalavarali
7th mode:
Scale 3299
Scale 3299: Syptian, Ian Ring Music TheorySyptian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 463

Scale 463Scale 463: Zythian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZythian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3697, 487, 2291, 3193, 911, 2503, 3299] (Forte: 7-7) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [199, 451, 2147, 2273, 3121] (Forte: 5-7)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3697 is 463

Scale 463Scale 463: Zythian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZythian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3697 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 463

Scale 463Scale 463: Zythian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZythian

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> 3697       T0I <11,0> 463
T1 <1,1> 3299      T1I <11,1> 926
T2 <1,2> 2503      T2I <11,2> 1852
T3 <1,3> 911      T3I <11,3> 3704
T4 <1,4> 1822      T4I <11,4> 3313
T5 <1,5> 3644      T5I <11,5> 2531
T6 <1,6> 3193      T6I <11,6> 967
T7 <1,7> 2291      T7I <11,7> 1934
T8 <1,8> 487      T8I <11,8> 3868
T9 <1,9> 974      T9I <11,9> 3641
T10 <1,10> 1948      T10I <11,10> 3187
T11 <1,11> 3896      T11I <11,11> 2279
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 967      T0MI <7,0> 3193
T1M <5,1> 1934      T1MI <7,1> 2291
T2M <5,2> 3868      T2MI <7,2> 487
T3M <5,3> 3641      T3MI <7,3> 974
T4M <5,4> 3187      T4MI <7,4> 1948
T5M <5,5> 2279      T5MI <7,5> 3896
T6M <5,6> 463      T6MI <7,6> 3697
T7M <5,7> 926      T7MI <7,7> 3299
T8M <5,8> 1852      T8MI <7,8> 2503
T9M <5,9> 3704      T9MI <7,9> 911
T10M <5,10> 3313      T10MI <7,10> 1822
T11M <5,11> 2531      T11MI <7,11> 3644

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, 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 3699Scale 3699: Galyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGalyllic
Scale 3701Scale 3701: Bagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBagyllic
Scale 3705Scale 3705: Messiaen Mode 4 Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 4 Inverse
Scale 3681Scale 3681: Xahian, Ian Ring Music TheoryXahian
Scale 3689Scale 3689: Katocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatocrian
Scale 3665Scale 3665: Stalimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStalimic
Scale 3633Scale 3633: Daptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDaptimic
Scale 3761Scale 3761: Raga Madhuri, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Madhuri
Scale 3825Scale 3825: Pynyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPynyllic
Scale 3953Scale 3953: Thagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThagyllic
Scale 3185Scale 3185: Messiaen Mode 5 Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 5 Inverse
Scale 3441Scale 3441: Thacrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThacrian
Scale 2673Scale 2673: Mythimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMythimic
Scale 1649Scale 1649: Bolimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBolimic

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.