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Scale 3865: "Starian"

Scale 3865: Starian, 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
Starian
Dozenal
Yotian

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

{0,3,4,8,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-6

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: 799

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.

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: 415

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

Interval Spectrum

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

p4m4n3s3d5t2

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

3.143

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.

(45, 26, 90)

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}231.5
G♯{8,0,3}321.17
Minor Triadsg♯m{8,11,3}231.5
am{9,0,4}231.5
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}321.17
Diminished Triads{9,0,3}231.5

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

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3865. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C+ C+ E E C+->E G# G# C+->G# am am C+->am g#m g#m E->g#m g#m->G# G#->a° a°->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.

Diameter3
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesC+, G♯
Peripheral VerticesE, g♯m, a°, am

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3865 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 995
Scale 995: Phrathian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrathian
3rd mode:
Scale 2545
Scale 2545: Thycrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThycrian
4th mode:
Scale 415
Scale 415: Aeoladian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoladianThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2255
Scale 2255: Dylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDylian
6th mode:
Scale 3175
Scale 3175: Eponian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEponian
7th mode:
Scale 3635
Scale 3635: Katygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatygian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 415

Scale 415Scale 415: Aeoladian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoladian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3865, 995, 2545, 415, 2255, 3175, 3635] (Forte: 7-6) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [103, 899, 2099, 2497, 3097] (Forte: 5-6)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3865 is 799

Scale 799Scale 799: Lolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLolian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3865 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 799

Scale 799Scale 799: Lolian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLolian

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> 3865       T0I <11,0> 799
T1 <1,1> 3635      T1I <11,1> 1598
T2 <1,2> 3175      T2I <11,2> 3196
T3 <1,3> 2255      T3I <11,3> 2297
T4 <1,4> 415      T4I <11,4> 499
T5 <1,5> 830      T5I <11,5> 998
T6 <1,6> 1660      T6I <11,6> 1996
T7 <1,7> 3320      T7I <11,7> 3992
T8 <1,8> 2545      T8I <11,8> 3889
T9 <1,9> 995      T9I <11,9> 3683
T10 <1,10> 1990      T10I <11,10> 3271
T11 <1,11> 3980      T11I <11,11> 2447
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 925      T0MI <7,0> 1849
T1M <5,1> 1850      T1MI <7,1> 3698
T2M <5,2> 3700      T2MI <7,2> 3301
T3M <5,3> 3305      T3MI <7,3> 2507
T4M <5,4> 2515      T4MI <7,4> 919
T5M <5,5> 935      T5MI <7,5> 1838
T6M <5,6> 1870      T6MI <7,6> 3676
T7M <5,7> 3740      T7MI <7,7> 3257
T8M <5,8> 3385      T8MI <7,8> 2419
T9M <5,9> 2675      T9MI <7,9> 743
T10M <5,10> 1255      T10MI <7,10> 1486
T11M <5,11> 2510      T11MI <7,11> 2972

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 3867Scale 3867: Storyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStoryllic
Scale 3869Scale 3869: Bygyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBygyllic
Scale 3857Scale 3857: Ponimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPonimic
Scale 3861Scale 3861: Phroptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhroptian
Scale 3849Scale 3849: Yikian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYikian
Scale 3881Scale 3881: Morian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMorian
Scale 3897Scale 3897: Kalyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKalyllic
Scale 3929Scale 3929: Aeolothyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolothyllic
Scale 3993Scale 3993: Ioniptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIoniptyllic
Scale 3609Scale 3609: Woqian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWoqian
Scale 3737Scale 3737: Phrocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocrian
Scale 3353Scale 3353: Phraptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhraptimic
Scale 2841Scale 2841: Sothimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySothimic
Scale 1817Scale 1817: Phrythimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrythimic

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.