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Scale 4033: "Heptatonic Chromatic Descending"

Scale 4033: Heptatonic Chromatic Descending, 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

Western Modern
Heptatonic Chromatic Descending
Dozenal
Zosian

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

{0,6,7,8,9,10,11}

Forte Number

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

7-1

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.

[3]

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.

5 (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.

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 Starr/Rahn algorithm.

no
prime: 127

Generator

Indicates if the scale can be constructed using a generator, and an origin.

generator: 1
origin: 6

Deep Scale

A deep scale is one where the interval vector has 6 different digits, an indicator of maximum hierarchization.

yes

Interval Structure

Defines the scale as the sequence of intervals between one tone and the next.

[6, 1, 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, 4, 3, 2, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p2m3n4s5d6t

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

Spectra Variation

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

4.286

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.

1.5

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.106

Myhill Property

A scale has Myhill Property if the Distribution Spectra have exactly two specific intervals for every generic interval.

yes

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.

[6]

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, 1, 56)

Generator

This scale has a generator of 1, originating on 6.

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
Diminished Triadsf♯°{6,9,0}000

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {7,8,10,11}

Since there is only one common triad in this scale, there are no opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads.

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 4033 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 127
Scale 127: Heptatonic Chromatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic ChromaticThis is the prime mode
3rd mode:
Scale 2111
Scale 2111: Heptatonic Chromatic 2, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic 2
4th mode:
Scale 3103
Scale 3103: Heptatonic Chromatic 3, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic 3
5th mode:
Scale 3599
Scale 3599: Heptatonic Chromatic 4, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic 4
6th mode:
Scale 3847
Scale 3847: Heptatonic Chromatic 5, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic 5
7th mode:
Scale 3971
Scale 3971: Heptatonic Chromatic 6, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic 6

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 127

Scale 127Scale 127: Heptatonic Chromatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [4033, 127, 2111, 3103, 3599, 3847, 3971] (Forte: 7-1) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [31, 2063, 3079, 3587, 3841] (Forte: 5-1)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 4033 is 127

Scale 127Scale 127: Heptatonic Chromatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryHeptatonic Chromatic

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> 4033       T0I <11,0> 127
T1 <1,1> 3971      T1I <11,1> 254
T2 <1,2> 3847      T2I <11,2> 508
T3 <1,3> 3599      T3I <11,3> 1016
T4 <1,4> 3103      T4I <11,4> 2032
T5 <1,5> 2111      T5I <11,5> 4064
T6 <1,6> 127      T6I <11,6> 4033
T7 <1,7> 254      T7I <11,7> 3971
T8 <1,8> 508      T8I <11,8> 3847
T9 <1,9> 1016      T9I <11,9> 3599
T10 <1,10> 2032      T10I <11,10> 3103
T11 <1,11> 4064      T11I <11,11> 2111
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2773      T0MI <7,0> 1387
T1M <5,1> 1451      T1MI <7,1> 2774
T2M <5,2> 2902      T2MI <7,2> 1453
T3M <5,3> 1709      T3MI <7,3> 2906
T4M <5,4> 3418      T4MI <7,4> 1717
T5M <5,5> 2741      T5MI <7,5> 3434
T6M <5,6> 1387      T6MI <7,6> 2773
T7M <5,7> 2774      T7MI <7,7> 1451
T8M <5,8> 1453      T8MI <7,8> 2902
T9M <5,9> 2906      T9MI <7,9> 1709
T10M <5,10> 1717      T10MI <7,10> 3418
T11M <5,11> 3434      T11MI <7,11> 2741

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T6I

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 4035Scale 4035: Octatonic Chromatic 7, Ian Ring Music TheoryOctatonic Chromatic 7
Scale 4037Scale 4037: Ionyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyllic
Scale 4041Scale 4041: Zaryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZaryllic
Scale 4049Scale 4049: Stycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStycryllic
Scale 4065Scale 4065: Octatonic Chromatic Descending, Ian Ring Music TheoryOctatonic Chromatic Descending
Scale 3969Scale 3969: Hexatonic Chromatic Descending, Ian Ring Music TheoryHexatonic Chromatic Descending
Scale 4001Scale 4001: Ziyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZiyian
Scale 3905Scale 3905: Yusian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYusian
Scale 3777Scale 3777: Yarian, Ian Ring Music TheoryYarian
Scale 3521Scale 3521: Wanian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWanian
Scale 3009Scale 3009: Suvian, Ian Ring Music TheorySuvian
Scale 1985Scale 1985: Mewian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMewian

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.