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Scale 411: "Lygimic"

Scale 411: Lygimic, 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
Lygimic
Dozenal
Cilian

Analysis

Cardinality

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

6 (hexatonic)

Pitch Class Set

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

{0,1,3,4,7,8}

Forte Number

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

6-Z19

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: 2865

Hemitonia

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

3 (trihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

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

0 (ancohemitonic)

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.

5

Prime Form

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

yes

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, 2, 1, 3, 1, 4]

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.

<3, 1, 3, 4, 3, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p3m4n3sd3t

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.333

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.

2.116

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.699

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.

(8, 18, 62)

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}321.17
G♯{8,0,3}231.5
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}231.5
c♯m{1,4,8}231.5
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}321.17
Diminished Triadsc♯°{1,4,7}231.5
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 411. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C G# G# cm->G# C+ C+ C->C+ c#° c#° C->c#° c#m c#m C+->c#m C+->G# c#°->c#m

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
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central VerticesC, C+
Peripheral Verticescm, c♯°, c♯m, G♯

Triad Polychords

Also known as Bi-Triadic Hexatonics (a term coined by mDecks), and related to Generic Modality Compression (a method for guitar by Mick Goodrick and Tim Miller), these are two common triads that when combined use all the tones in this scale.

There are 2 ways that this hexatonic scale can be split into two common triads.


Minor: {0, 3, 7}
Minor: {1, 4, 8}

Diminished: {1, 4, 7}
Major: {8, 0, 3}

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 411 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2253
Scale 2253: Raga Amarasenapriya, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Amarasenapriya
3rd mode:
Scale 1587
Scale 1587: Raga Rudra Pancama, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Rudra Pancama
4th mode:
Scale 2841
Scale 2841: Sothimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySothimic
5th mode:
Scale 867
Scale 867: Phrocrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrocrimic
6th mode:
Scale 2481
Scale 2481: Raga Paraju, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Paraju

Prime

This is the prime form of this scale.

Complement

The hexatonic modal family [411, 2253, 1587, 2841, 867, 2481] (Forte: 6-Z19) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [615, 825, 915, 2355, 2505, 3225] (Forte: 6-Z44)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 411 is 2865

Scale 2865Scale 2865: Solimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySolimic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 411 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2865

Scale 2865Scale 2865: Solimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySolimic

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> 411       T0I <11,0> 2865
T1 <1,1> 822      T1I <11,1> 1635
T2 <1,2> 1644      T2I <11,2> 3270
T3 <1,3> 3288      T3I <11,3> 2445
T4 <1,4> 2481      T4I <11,4> 795
T5 <1,5> 867      T5I <11,5> 1590
T6 <1,6> 1734      T6I <11,6> 3180
T7 <1,7> 3468      T7I <11,7> 2265
T8 <1,8> 2841      T8I <11,8> 435
T9 <1,9> 1587      T9I <11,9> 870
T10 <1,10> 3174      T10I <11,10> 1740
T11 <1,11> 2253      T11I <11,11> 3480
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2361      T0MI <7,0> 915
T1M <5,1> 627      T1MI <7,1> 1830
T2M <5,2> 1254      T2MI <7,2> 3660
T3M <5,3> 2508      T3MI <7,3> 3225
T4M <5,4> 921      T4MI <7,4> 2355
T5M <5,5> 1842      T5MI <7,5> 615
T6M <5,6> 3684      T6MI <7,6> 1230
T7M <5,7> 3273      T7MI <7,7> 2460
T8M <5,8> 2451      T8MI <7,8> 825
T9M <5,9> 807      T9MI <7,9> 1650
T10M <5,10> 1614      T10MI <7,10> 3300
T11M <5,11> 3228      T11MI <7,11> 2505

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 409Scale 409: Laritonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLaritonic
Scale 413Scale 413: Ganimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGanimic
Scale 415Scale 415: Aeoladian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoladian
Scale 403Scale 403: Raga Reva, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Reva
Scale 407Scale 407: All-Trichord Hexachord, Ian Ring Music TheoryAll-Trichord Hexachord
Scale 395Scale 395: Phrygian Pentatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrygian Pentatonic
Scale 427Scale 427: Raga Suddha Simantini, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Suddha Simantini
Scale 443Scale 443: Kothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKothian
Scale 475Scale 475: Aeolygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolygian
Scale 283Scale 283: Aerylitonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerylitonic
Scale 347Scale 347: Barimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBarimic
Scale 155Scale 155: Bakian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBakian
Scale 667Scale 667: Rodimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRodimic
Scale 923Scale 923: Ultraphrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryUltraphrygian
Scale 1435Scale 1435: Makam Huzzam, Ian Ring Music TheoryMakam Huzzam
Scale 2459Scale 2459: Ionocrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonocrian

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.