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Scale 523: "Debian"

Scale 523: Debian, 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

Dozenal
Debian

Analysis

Cardinality

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

4 (tetratonic)

Pitch Class Set

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

{0,1,3,9}

Forte Number

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

4-12

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: 2569

Hemitonia

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

1 (unhemitonic)

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.

4

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.

3

Prime Form

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

no
prime: 77

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, 6, 3]

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.

<1, 1, 2, 1, 0, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

mn2sdt

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

Spectra Variation

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

4

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.

1.183

Polygon Perimeter

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

4.932

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.

(4, 3, 18)

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 Triads{9,0,3}000

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {1}

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 523 can be rotated to make 3 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2309
Scale 2309: Ocuian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOcuian
3rd mode:
Scale 1601
Scale 1601: Juwian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJuwian
4th mode:
Scale 89
Scale 89: Aggian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAggian

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 77

Scale 77Scale 77: Alvian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAlvian

Complement

The tetratonic modal family [523, 2309, 1601, 89] (Forte: 4-12) is the complement of the octatonic modal family [763, 1631, 2009, 2429, 2863, 3479, 3787, 3941] (Forte: 8-12)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 523 is 2569

Scale 2569Scale 2569: Pujian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPujian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 523 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2569

Scale 2569Scale 2569: Pujian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPujian

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> 523       T0I <11,0> 2569
T1 <1,1> 1046      T1I <11,1> 1043
T2 <1,2> 2092      T2I <11,2> 2086
T3 <1,3> 89      T3I <11,3> 77
T4 <1,4> 178      T4I <11,4> 154
T5 <1,5> 356      T5I <11,5> 308
T6 <1,6> 712      T6I <11,6> 616
T7 <1,7> 1424      T7I <11,7> 1232
T8 <1,8> 2848      T8I <11,8> 2464
T9 <1,9> 1601      T9I <11,9> 833
T10 <1,10> 3202      T10I <11,10> 1666
T11 <1,11> 2309      T11I <11,11> 3332
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 553      T0MI <7,0> 649
T1M <5,1> 1106      T1MI <7,1> 1298
T2M <5,2> 2212      T2MI <7,2> 2596
T3M <5,3> 329      T3MI <7,3> 1097
T4M <5,4> 658      T4MI <7,4> 2194
T5M <5,5> 1316      T5MI <7,5> 293
T6M <5,6> 2632      T6MI <7,6> 586
T7M <5,7> 1169      T7MI <7,7> 1172
T8M <5,8> 2338      T8MI <7,8> 2344
T9M <5,9> 581      T9MI <7,9> 593
T10M <5,10> 1162      T10MI <7,10> 1186
T11M <5,11> 2324      T11MI <7,11> 2372

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 521Scale 521: Astian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAstian
Scale 525Scale 525, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 527Scale 527: Dedian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDedian
Scale 515Scale 515: Depian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDepian
Scale 519Scale 519: Deyian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDeyian
Scale 531Scale 531: Degian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDegian
Scale 539Scale 539: Delian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDelian
Scale 555Scale 555: Aeolycritonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolycritonic
Scale 587Scale 587: Pathitonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPathitonic
Scale 651Scale 651: Golitonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGolitonic
Scale 779Scale 779: Etrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEtrian
Scale 11Scale 11: Ankian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAnkian
Scale 267Scale 267: Bobian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBobian
Scale 1035Scale 1035: Givian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGivian
Scale 1547Scale 1547: Jopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJopian
Scale 2571Scale 2571: Pukian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPukian

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.