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# Scale 3909: "Rydian" ### 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).

Zeitler
Rydian
Dozenal
Yuvian

## 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

{0,2,6,8,9,10,11}

#### Forte Number

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

7-8

#### 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.



#### 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.

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.

5

#### 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: 381

#### 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, 4, 2, 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, 5, 4, 4, 2, 2>

#### Interval Spectrum

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

p2m4n4s5d4t2

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

#### Spectra Variation

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

3.429

#### 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.

2.299

#### Polygon Perimeter

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

5.803

#### 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.



#### 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.

(51, 34, 96)

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

g♯°{8,11,2}142

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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.

Diameter 4 2 no D+ f♯°, g♯°

## Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 3909 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

 2nd mode:Scale 2001 Gydian 3rd mode:Scale 381 Kogian This is the prime mode 4th mode:Scale 1119 Rarian 5th mode:Scale 2607 Aerolian 6th mode:Scale 3351 Crater Scale 7th mode:Scale 3723 Myptian

## Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 381

 Scale 381 Kogian

## Complement

The heptatonic modal family [3909, 2001, 381, 1119, 2607, 3351, 3723] (Forte: 7-8) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [93, 1047, 1857, 2571, 3333] (Forte: 5-8)

## Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3909 is 1119

 Scale 1119 Rarian

## 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> 3909       T0I <11,0> 1119
T1 <1,1> 3723      T1I <11,1> 2238
T2 <1,2> 3351      T2I <11,2> 381
T3 <1,3> 2607      T3I <11,3> 762
T4 <1,4> 1119      T4I <11,4> 1524
T5 <1,5> 2238      T5I <11,5> 3048
T6 <1,6> 381      T6I <11,6> 2001
T7 <1,7> 762      T7I <11,7> 4002
T8 <1,8> 1524      T8I <11,8> 3909
T9 <1,9> 3048      T9I <11,9> 3723
T10 <1,10> 2001      T10I <11,10> 3351
T11 <1,11> 4002      T11I <11,11> 2607
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1749      T0MI <7,0> 1389
T1M <5,1> 3498      T1MI <7,1> 2778
T2M <5,2> 2901      T2MI <7,2> 1461
T3M <5,3> 1707      T3MI <7,3> 2922
T4M <5,4> 3414      T4MI <7,4> 1749
T5M <5,5> 2733      T5MI <7,5> 3498
T6M <5,6> 1371      T6MI <7,6> 2901
T7M <5,7> 2742      T7MI <7,7> 1707
T8M <5,8> 1389      T8MI <7,8> 3414
T9M <5,9> 2778      T9MI <7,9> 2733
T10M <5,10> 1461      T10MI <7,10> 1371
T11M <5,11> 2922      T11MI <7,11> 2742

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T8I

## 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 3911 Katyryllic Scale 3905 Yusian Scale 3907 Scale 3913 Bonian Scale 3917 Katoptyllic Scale 3925 Thyryllic Scale 3941 Stathyllic Scale 3845 Yihian Scale 3877 Thanian Scale 3973 Zehian Scale 4037 Ionyllic Scale 3653 Sathimic Scale 3781 Gyphian Scale 3397 Sydimic Scale 2885 Byrimic Scale 1861 Phrygimic

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.