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Scale 747: "Lynian"

Scale 747: Lynian, 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
Lynian

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

{0,1,3,5,6,7,9}

Forte Number

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

7-28

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: 2793

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.

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.

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.

6

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 Formula

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

[1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 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.

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

Interval Spectrum

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

p3m4n4s4d3t3

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

Spectra Variation

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

2

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.

2.549

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.967

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.

(6, 33, 96)

Tertian Harmonic Chords

Tertian chords are made from alternating members of the scale, ie built from "stacked thirds". Not all scales lend themselves well to tertian harmony.

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 TriadsF{5,9,0}331.63
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}231.88
f♯m{6,9,1}331.63
Augmented TriadsC♯+{1,5,9}231.75
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}231.88
d♯°{3,6,9}231.75
f♯°{6,9,0}231.75
{9,0,3}231.75
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 747. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm c°->cm d#° d#° c°->d#° cm->a° C#+ C#+ F F C#+->F f#m f#m C#+->f#m d#°->f#m f#° f#° F->f#° F->a° f#°->f#m

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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
Radius3
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 747 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2421
Scale 2421: Malian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMalian
3rd mode:
Scale 1629
Scale 1629: Synian, Ian Ring Music TheorySynian
4th mode:
Scale 1431
Scale 1431: Phragian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhragian
5th mode:
Scale 2763
Scale 2763: Mela Suvarnangi, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Suvarnangi
6th mode:
Scale 3429
Scale 3429: Marian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMarian
7th mode:
Scale 1881
Scale 1881: Katorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatorian

Prime

This is the prime form of this scale.

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [747, 2421, 1629, 1431, 2763, 3429, 1881] (Forte: 7-28) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [333, 837, 1107, 1233, 2601] (Forte: 5-28)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 747 is 2793

Scale 2793Scale 2793: Eporian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEporian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 747 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2793

Scale 2793Scale 2793: Eporian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEporian

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> 747       T0I <11,0> 2793
T1 <1,1> 1494      T1I <11,1> 1491
T2 <1,2> 2988      T2I <11,2> 2982
T3 <1,3> 1881      T3I <11,3> 1869
T4 <1,4> 3762      T4I <11,4> 3738
T5 <1,5> 3429      T5I <11,5> 3381
T6 <1,6> 2763      T6I <11,6> 2667
T7 <1,7> 1431      T7I <11,7> 1239
T8 <1,8> 2862      T8I <11,8> 2478
T9 <1,9> 1629      T9I <11,9> 861
T10 <1,10> 3258      T10I <11,10> 1722
T11 <1,11> 2421      T11I <11,11> 3444
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 2667      T0MI <7,0> 2763
T1M <5,1> 1239      T1MI <7,1> 1431
T2M <5,2> 2478      T2MI <7,2> 2862
T3M <5,3> 861      T3MI <7,3> 1629
T4M <5,4> 1722      T4MI <7,4> 3258
T5M <5,5> 3444      T5MI <7,5> 2421
T6M <5,6> 2793      T6MI <7,6> 747
T7M <5,7> 1491      T7MI <7,7> 1494
T8M <5,8> 2982      T8MI <7,8> 2988
T9M <5,9> 1869      T9MI <7,9> 1881
T10M <5,10> 3738      T10MI <7,10> 3762
T11M <5,11> 3381      T11MI <7,11> 3429

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0, T6MI

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 745Scale 745: Kolimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKolimic
Scale 749Scale 749: Aeologian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeologian
Scale 751Scale 751, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 739Scale 739: Rorimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRorimic
Scale 743Scale 743: Chromatic Hypophrygian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian Inverse
Scale 755Scale 755: Phrythian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrythian
Scale 763Scale 763: Doryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDoryllic
Scale 715Scale 715: Messiaen Truncated Mode 2, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Truncated Mode 2
Scale 731Scale 731: Alternating Heptamode, Ian Ring Music TheoryAlternating Heptamode
Scale 683Scale 683: Stogimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryStogimic
Scale 619Scale 619: Double-Phrygian Hexatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDouble-Phrygian Hexatonic
Scale 875Scale 875: Locrian Double-flat 7, Ian Ring Music TheoryLocrian Double-flat 7
Scale 1003Scale 1003: Ionyryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyryllic
Scale 235Scale 235, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 491Scale 491: Aeolyrian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolyrian
Scale 1259Scale 1259: Stadian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStadian
Scale 1771Scale 1771, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 2795Scale 2795: Van der Horst Octatonic, Ian Ring Music TheoryVan der Horst Octatonic

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.