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Scale 919: "Chromatic Phrygian Inverse"

Scale 919: Chromatic Phrygian Inverse, 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 Chromatic
Chromatic Phrygian Inverse
Dozenal
Focian
Zeitler
Gathain

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

{0,1,2,4,7,8,9}

Forte Number

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

7-20

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: 3385

Hemitonia

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

4 (multihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

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

2 (dicohemitonic)

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.

2

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.

no
prime: 743

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, 3, 1, 1, 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.

<4, 3, 3, 4, 5, 2>

Interval Spectrum

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

p5m4n3s3d4t2

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.

2.433

Polygon Perimeter

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

5.899

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.

(10, 26, 90)

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 TriadsC{0,4,7}231.5
A{9,1,4}231.5
Minor Triadsc♯m{1,4,8}321.17
am{9,0,4}231.5
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}321.17
Diminished Triadsc♯°{1,4,7}231.5

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {2}

Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 919. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 C C C+ C+ C->C+ c#° c#° C->c#° c#m c#m C+->c#m am am C+->am c#°->c#m A A c#m->A am->A

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♯m
Peripheral VerticesC, c♯°, am, A

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 919 can be rotated to make 6 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2507
Scale 2507: Todi That, Ian Ring Music TheoryTodi That
3rd mode:
Scale 3301
Scale 3301: Chromatic Mixolydian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Mixolydian Inverse
4th mode:
Scale 1849
Scale 1849: Chromatic Hypodorian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypodorian Inverse
5th mode:
Scale 743
Scale 743: Chromatic Hypophrygian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian InverseThis is the prime mode
6th mode:
Scale 2419
Scale 2419: Raga Lalita, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Lalita
7th mode:
Scale 3257
Scale 3257: Mela Calanata, Ian Ring Music TheoryMela Calanata

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 743

Scale 743Scale 743: Chromatic Hypophrygian Inverse, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Hypophrygian Inverse

Complement

The heptatonic modal family [919, 2507, 3301, 1849, 743, 2419, 3257] (Forte: 7-20) is the complement of the pentatonic modal family [355, 395, 1585, 2225, 2245] (Forte: 5-20)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 919 is 3385

Scale 3385Scale 3385: Chromatic Phrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Phrygian

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 919 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3385

Scale 3385Scale 3385: Chromatic Phrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Phrygian

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> 919       T0I <11,0> 3385
T1 <1,1> 1838      T1I <11,1> 2675
T2 <1,2> 3676      T2I <11,2> 1255
T3 <1,3> 3257      T3I <11,3> 2510
T4 <1,4> 2419      T4I <11,4> 925
T5 <1,5> 743      T5I <11,5> 1850
T6 <1,6> 1486      T6I <11,6> 3700
T7 <1,7> 2972      T7I <11,7> 3305
T8 <1,8> 1849      T8I <11,8> 2515
T9 <1,9> 3698      T9I <11,9> 935
T10 <1,10> 3301      T10I <11,10> 1870
T11 <1,11> 2507      T11I <11,11> 3740
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 3889      T0MI <7,0> 415
T1M <5,1> 3683      T1MI <7,1> 830
T2M <5,2> 3271      T2MI <7,2> 1660
T3M <5,3> 2447      T3MI <7,3> 3320
T4M <5,4> 799      T4MI <7,4> 2545
T5M <5,5> 1598      T5MI <7,5> 995
T6M <5,6> 3196      T6MI <7,6> 1990
T7M <5,7> 2297      T7MI <7,7> 3980
T8M <5,8> 499      T8MI <7,8> 3865
T9M <5,9> 998      T9MI <7,9> 3635
T10M <5,10> 1996      T10MI <7,10> 3175
T11M <5,11> 3992      T11MI <7,11> 2255

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 917Scale 917: Dygimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryDygimic
Scale 915Scale 915: Raga Kalagada, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Kalagada
Scale 923Scale 923: Ultraphrygian, Ian Ring Music TheoryUltraphrygian
Scale 927Scale 927: Gaptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGaptyllic
Scale 903Scale 903: Fosian, Ian Ring Music TheoryFosian
Scale 911Scale 911: Radian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRadian
Scale 935Scale 935: Chromatic Dorian, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic Dorian
Scale 951Scale 951: Thogyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThogyllic
Scale 983Scale 983: Thocryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThocryllic
Scale 791Scale 791: Aeoloptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeoloptimic
Scale 855Scale 855: Porian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPorian
Scale 663Scale 663: Phrynimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrynimic
Scale 407Scale 407: All-Trichord Hexachord, Ian Ring Music TheoryAll-Trichord Hexachord
Scale 1431Scale 1431: Phragian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhragian
Scale 1943Scale 1943: Luxian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLuxian
Scale 2967Scale 2967: Madyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMadyllic

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.