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Scale 4017: "Dolyllic"

Scale 4017: Dolyllic, 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
Dolyllic

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

{0,4,5,7,8,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

8-4

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: 447

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: 447

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, 2, 1, 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, 5, 5, 5, 5, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m5n5s5d6t2

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

Spectra Variation

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

3

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.

2.366

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.838

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.

(75, 56, 136)

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{0,4,7}231.78
E{4,8,11}331.56
F{5,9,0}252.33
Minor Triadsem{4,7,11}341.89
fm{5,8,0}341.78
am{9,0,4}242
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}431.44
Diminished Triads{4,7,10}152.67
{5,8,11}231.89
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 4017. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C C C+ C+ C->C+ em em C->em E E C+->E fm fm C+->fm am am C+->am e°->em em->E E->f° f°->fm F F fm->F F->am

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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, C+, E, f°
Peripheral Verticese°, F

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 4017 can be rotated to make 7 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 507
Scale 507: Moryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMoryllic
3rd mode:
Scale 2301
Scale 2301: Bydyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBydyllic
4th mode:
Scale 1599
Scale 1599: Pocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPocryllic
5th mode:
Scale 2847
Scale 2847: Phracryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhracryllic
6th mode:
Scale 3471
Scale 3471: Gyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGyryllic
7th mode:
Scale 3783
Scale 3783: Phrygyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrygyllic
8th mode:
Scale 3939
Scale 3939: Dogyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDogyllic

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 447

Scale 447Scale 447: Thyphyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThyphyllic

Complement

The octatonic modal family [4017, 507, 2301, 1599, 2847, 3471, 3783, 3939] (Forte: 8-4) is the complement of the tetratonic modal family [39, 897, 2067, 3081] (Forte: 4-4)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 4017 is 447

Scale 447Scale 447: Thyphyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThyphyllic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 4017 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 447

Scale 447Scale 447: Thyphyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThyphyllic

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> 4017       T0I <11,0> 447
T1 <1,1> 3939      T1I <11,1> 894
T2 <1,2> 3783      T2I <11,2> 1788
T3 <1,3> 3471      T3I <11,3> 3576
T4 <1,4> 2847      T4I <11,4> 3057
T5 <1,5> 1599      T5I <11,5> 2019
T6 <1,6> 3198      T6I <11,6> 4038
T7 <1,7> 2301      T7I <11,7> 3981
T8 <1,8> 507      T8I <11,8> 3867
T9 <1,9> 1014      T9I <11,9> 3639
T10 <1,10> 2028      T10I <11,10> 3183
T11 <1,11> 4056      T11I <11,11> 2271
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2967      T0MI <7,0> 3387
T1M <5,1> 1839      T1MI <7,1> 2679
T2M <5,2> 3678      T2MI <7,2> 1263
T3M <5,3> 3261      T3MI <7,3> 2526
T4M <5,4> 2427      T4MI <7,4> 957
T5M <5,5> 759      T5MI <7,5> 1914
T6M <5,6> 1518      T6MI <7,6> 3828
T7M <5,7> 3036      T7MI <7,7> 3561
T8M <5,8> 1977      T8MI <7,8> 3027
T9M <5,9> 3954      T9MI <7,9> 1959
T10M <5,10> 3813      T10MI <7,10> 3918
T11M <5,11> 3531      T11MI <7,11> 3741

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 4019Scale 4019: Lonygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLonygic
Scale 4021Scale 4021: Raga Pahadi, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Pahadi
Scale 4025Scale 4025: Kalygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKalygic
Scale 4001Scale 4001: Ziyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZiyian
Scale 4009Scale 4009: Phranyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhranyllic
Scale 3985Scale 3985: Thadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryThadian
Scale 4049Scale 4049: Stycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStycryllic
Scale 4081Scale 4081: Nonatonic Chromatic Descending, Ian Ring Music TheoryNonatonic Chromatic Descending
Scale 3889Scale 3889: Parian, Ian Ring Music TheoryParian
Scale 3953Scale 3953: Thagyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThagyllic
Scale 3761Scale 3761: Raga Madhuri, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Madhuri
Scale 3505Scale 3505: Stygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStygian
Scale 2993Scale 2993: Stythian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStythian
Scale 1969Scale 1969: Stylian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStylian

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.