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Scale 599: "Thyrimic"

Scale 599: Thyrimic, 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
Thyrimic
Dozenal
Ogrian

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

{0,1,2,4,6,9}

Forte Number

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

6-Z46

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: 3401

Hemitonia

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

2 (dihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

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

1 (uncohemitonic)

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, 1, 2, 2, 3, 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.

<2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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

p3m3n3s3d2t

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

Spectra Variation

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

2.667

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.

5.864

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.

(12, 17, 65)

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 TriadsD{2,6,9}131.6
A{9,1,4}221.2
Minor Triadsf♯m{6,9,1}321
am{9,0,4}231.4
Diminished Triadsf♯°{6,9,0}221.2
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 599. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 D D f#m f#m D->f#m f#° f#° f#°->f#m am am f#°->am A A f#m->A am->A

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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.

Diameter3
Radius2
Self-Centeredno
Central Verticesf♯°, f♯m, A
Peripheral VerticesD, am

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 599 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2347
Scale 2347: Raga Viyogavarali, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Viyogavarali
3rd mode:
Scale 3221
Scale 3221: Bycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBycrimic
4th mode:
Scale 1829
Scale 1829: Pathimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPathimic
5th mode:
Scale 1481
Scale 1481: Zagimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZagimic
6th mode:
Scale 697
Scale 697: Lagimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLagimic

Prime

This is the prime form of this scale.

Complement

The hexatonic modal family [599, 2347, 3221, 1829, 1481, 697] (Forte: 6-Z46) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [347, 1457, 1579, 1733, 2221, 2837] (Forte: 6-Z24)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 599 is 3401

Scale 3401Scale 3401: Palimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPalimic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 599 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3401

Scale 3401Scale 3401: Palimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPalimic

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> 599       T0I <11,0> 3401
T1 <1,1> 1198      T1I <11,1> 2707
T2 <1,2> 2396      T2I <11,2> 1319
T3 <1,3> 697      T3I <11,3> 2638
T4 <1,4> 1394      T4I <11,4> 1181
T5 <1,5> 2788      T5I <11,5> 2362
T6 <1,6> 1481      T6I <11,6> 629
T7 <1,7> 2962      T7I <11,7> 1258
T8 <1,8> 1829      T8I <11,8> 2516
T9 <1,9> 3658      T9I <11,9> 937
T10 <1,10> 3221      T10I <11,10> 1874
T11 <1,11> 2347      T11I <11,11> 3748
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1889      T0MI <7,0> 221
T1M <5,1> 3778      T1MI <7,1> 442
T2M <5,2> 3461      T2MI <7,2> 884
T3M <5,3> 2827      T3MI <7,3> 1768
T4M <5,4> 1559      T4MI <7,4> 3536
T5M <5,5> 3118      T5MI <7,5> 2977
T6M <5,6> 2141      T6MI <7,6> 1859
T7M <5,7> 187      T7MI <7,7> 3718
T8M <5,8> 374      T8MI <7,8> 3341
T9M <5,9> 748      T9MI <7,9> 2587
T10M <5,10> 1496      T10MI <7,10> 1079
T11M <5,11> 2992      T11MI <7,11> 2158

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 597Scale 597: Kung, Ian Ring Music TheoryKung
Scale 595Scale 595: Sogitonic, Ian Ring Music TheorySogitonic
Scale 603Scale 603: Aeolygimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolygimic
Scale 607Scale 607: Kadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKadian
Scale 583Scale 583: Aeritonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeritonic
Scale 591Scale 591: Gaptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGaptimic
Scale 615Scale 615: Schoenberg Hexachord, Ian Ring Music TheorySchoenberg Hexachord
Scale 631Scale 631: Zygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryZygian
Scale 535Scale 535: Dejian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDejian
Scale 567Scale 567: Aeoladimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoladimic
Scale 663Scale 663: Phrynimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrynimic
Scale 727Scale 727: Phradian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhradian
Scale 855Scale 855: Porian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPorian
Scale 87Scale 87: Asrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAsrian
Scale 343Scale 343: Ionorimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonorimic
Scale 1111Scale 1111: Sycrimic, Ian Ring Music TheorySycrimic
Scale 1623Scale 1623: Lothian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLothian
Scale 2647Scale 2647: Dadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDadian

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.