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Scale 3877: "Thanian"

Scale 3877: Thanian, 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
Thanian
Dozenal
Yobian

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

{0,2,5,8,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-10

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: 1183

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.

6

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 607

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, 3, 3, 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.

<4, 4, 5, 3, 3, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p3m3n5s4d4t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

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.

2.433

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.

(46, 40, 104)

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}231.75
A♯{10,2,5}231.75
Minor Triadsdm{2,5,9}331.63
fm{5,8,0}331.63
Diminished Triads{2,5,8}231.75
{5,8,11}231.75
g♯°{8,11,2}231.88
{11,2,5}231.88
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3877. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 dm dm d°->dm fm fm d°->fm F F dm->F A# A# dm->A# f°->fm g#° g#° f°->g#° fm->F g#°->b° A#->b°

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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.

Diameter3
Radius3
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3877 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1993
Scale 1993: Katoptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatoptian
3rd mode:
Scale 761
Scale 761: Ponian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPonian
4th mode:
Scale 607
Scale 607: Kadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKadianThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2351
Scale 2351: Gynian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGynian
6th mode:
Scale 3223
Scale 3223: Thyphian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThyphian
7th mode:
Scale 3659
Scale 3659: Polian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPolian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 607

Scale 607Scale 607: Kadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKadian

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3877, 1993, 761, 607, 2351, 3223, 3659] (Forte: 7-10) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [91, 1547, 1729, 2093, 2821] (Forte: 5-10)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3877 is 1183

Scale 1183Scale 1183: Sadian, Ian Ring Music TheorySadian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 3877 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1183

Scale 1183Scale 1183: Sadian, Ian Ring Music TheorySadian

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> 3877       T0I <11,0> 1183
T1 <1,1> 3659      T1I <11,1> 2366
T2 <1,2> 3223      T2I <11,2> 637
T3 <1,3> 2351      T3I <11,3> 1274
T4 <1,4> 607      T4I <11,4> 2548
T5 <1,5> 1214      T5I <11,5> 1001
T6 <1,6> 2428      T6I <11,6> 2002
T7 <1,7> 761      T7I <11,7> 4004
T8 <1,8> 1522      T8I <11,8> 3913
T9 <1,9> 3044      T9I <11,9> 3731
T10 <1,10> 1993      T10I <11,10> 3367
T11 <1,11> 3986      T11I <11,11> 2639
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1687      T0MI <7,0> 3373
T1M <5,1> 3374      T1MI <7,1> 2651
T2M <5,2> 2653      T2MI <7,2> 1207
T3M <5,3> 1211      T3MI <7,3> 2414
T4M <5,4> 2422      T4MI <7,4> 733
T5M <5,5> 749      T5MI <7,5> 1466
T6M <5,6> 1498      T6MI <7,6> 2932
T7M <5,7> 2996      T7MI <7,7> 1769
T8M <5,8> 1897      T8MI <7,8> 3538
T9M <5,9> 3794      T9MI <7,9> 2981
T10M <5,10> 3493      T10MI <7,10> 1867
T11M <5,11> 2891      T11MI <7,11> 3734

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 3879Scale 3879: Pathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPathyllic
Scale 3873Scale 3873: Yoyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYoyian
Scale 3875Scale 3875: Aeryptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeryptian
Scale 3881Scale 3881: Morian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMorian
Scale 3885Scale 3885: Styryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStyryllic
Scale 3893Scale 3893: Phrocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocryllic
Scale 3845Scale 3845: Yihian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYihian
Scale 3861Scale 3861: Phroptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhroptian
Scale 3909Scale 3909: Rydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRydian
Scale 3941Scale 3941: Stathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStathyllic
Scale 4005Scale 4005: Zibian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZibian
Scale 3621Scale 3621: Gylimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGylimic
Scale 3749Scale 3749: Raga Sorati, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Sorati
Scale 3365Scale 3365: Katolimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatolimic
Scale 2853Scale 2853: Baptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBaptimic
Scale 1829Scale 1829: Pathimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPathimic

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.