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Scale 3891: "Ryryllic"

Scale 3891: Ryryllic, 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
Ryryllic
Dozenal
Yukian

Analysis

Cardinality

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

8 (octatonic)

Pitch Class Set

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

{0,1,4,5,8,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

8-7

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.

[4.5]

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.

no

Hemitonia

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

6 (multihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

A cohemitone is an instance of two adjacent hemitones. Cohemitonia describes how many such cohemitones exist.

4 (multicohemitonic)

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.

7

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 831

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, 1, 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.

<6, 4, 5, 6, 5, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m6n5s4d6t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.5

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.

2.5

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.934

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.

[9]

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.

(69, 36, 114)

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 TriadsC♯{1,5,8}331.83
E{4,8,11}252.5
F{5,9,0}331.83
A{9,1,4}441.83
Minor Triadsc♯m{1,4,8}331.83
fm{5,8,0}441.83
am{9,0,4}331.83
a♯m{10,1,5}252.5
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}441.83
C♯+{1,5,9}441.83
Diminished Triads{5,8,11}252.5
a♯°{10,1,4}252.5
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3891. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C+ C+ c#m c#m C+->c#m E E C+->E fm fm C+->fm am am C+->am C# C# c#m->C# A A c#m->A C#+ C#+ C#->C#+ C#->fm F F C#+->F C#+->A a#m a#m C#+->a#m E->f° f°->fm fm->F F->am am->A a#° a#° A->a#° a#°->a#m

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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.

Diameter5
Radius3
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticesc♯m, C♯, F, am
Peripheral VerticesE, f°, a♯°, a♯m

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3891 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3993
Scale 3993: Ioniptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIoniptyllic
3rd mode:
Scale 1011
Scale 1011: Kycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKycryllic
4th mode:
Scale 2553
Scale 2553: Aeolaptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolaptyllic
5th mode:
Scale 831
Scale 831: Rodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRodyllicThis is the prime mode
6th mode:
Scale 2463
Scale 2463: Ionathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonathyllic
7th mode:
Scale 3279
Scale 3279: Pythyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPythyllic
8th mode:
Scale 3687
Scale 3687: Zonyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZonyllic

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 831

Scale 831Scale 831: Rodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRodyllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [3891, 3993, 1011, 2553, 831, 2463, 3279, 3687] (Forte: 8-7) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [51, 771, 2073, 2433] (Forte: 4-7)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3891 is 2463

Scale 2463Scale 2463: Ionathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonathyllic

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> 3891       T0I <11,0> 2463
T1 <1,1> 3687      T1I <11,1> 831
T2 <1,2> 3279      T2I <11,2> 1662
T3 <1,3> 2463      T3I <11,3> 3324
T4 <1,4> 831      T4I <11,4> 2553
T5 <1,5> 1662      T5I <11,5> 1011
T6 <1,6> 3324      T6I <11,6> 2022
T7 <1,7> 2553      T7I <11,7> 4044
T8 <1,8> 1011      T8I <11,8> 3993
T9 <1,9> 2022      T9I <11,9> 3891
T10 <1,10> 4044      T10I <11,10> 3687
T11 <1,11> 3993      T11I <11,11> 3279
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 951      T0MI <7,0> 3513
T1M <5,1> 1902      T1MI <7,1> 2931
T2M <5,2> 3804      T2MI <7,2> 1767
T3M <5,3> 3513      T3MI <7,3> 3534
T4M <5,4> 2931      T4MI <7,4> 2973
T5M <5,5> 1767      T5MI <7,5> 1851
T6M <5,6> 3534      T6MI <7,6> 3702
T7M <5,7> 2973      T7MI <7,7> 3309
T8M <5,8> 1851      T8MI <7,8> 2523
T9M <5,9> 3702      T9MI <7,9> 951
T10M <5,10> 3309      T10MI <7,10> 1902
T11M <5,11> 2523      T11MI <7,11> 3804

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T9I

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 3889Scale 3889: Parian, Ian Ring Music TheoryParian
Scale 3893Scale 3893: Phrocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocryllic
Scale 3895Scale 3895: Eparygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEparygic
Scale 3899Scale 3899: Katorygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatorygic
Scale 3875Scale 3875: Aeryptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeryptian
Scale 3883Scale 3883: Kyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKyryllic
Scale 3859Scale 3859: Aeolarian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolarian
Scale 3923Scale 3923: Stoptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStoptyllic
Scale 3955Scale 3955: Pothygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPothygic
Scale 4019Scale 4019: Lonygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLonygic
Scale 3635Scale 3635: Katygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatygian
Scale 3763Scale 3763: Modyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryModyllic
Scale 3379Scale 3379: Verdi's Scala Enigmatica Descending, Ian Ring Music TheoryVerdi's Scala Enigmatica Descending
Scale 2867Scale 2867: Socrian, Ian Ring Music TheorySocrian
Scale 1843Scale 1843: Ionygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonygian

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.