The Architecture of Music

Organizing All The Scales

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The 12 Perfect/Symmetrical and Perfect/Semi-Symmetrical Organizing Scales

Since there are so many possible scales (most of which being imperfect/asymmetrical), the ultra rare 12 perfect/symmetrical and perfect/semi-symmetrical scales can be used to organize all 2,048 possible modes. The diagram on the following page uses the unique linear circle of fifths diagrams of scales and organizes them by their mode that is a variation of the perfect/symmetrical and perfect/semi-symmetrical scales.

What this means is instead of having a chart of 2,048 modes, we have a chart with only around 350-400 scales that represents all 2,048 possible modes. The chart represents most of the scales that have ever been used or documented in the history of Western 12-tone music plus many new scales that fill in the blanks so to speak. Organizing scales onto a single chart should aid in the exploration of scales by visually describing what each scale will sound like using the circle of fifths as well as showing inverse scales and symmetrical scales via the mirror line. It also describes what a scale is a variation of as well as other variations of that scale. Though the chart is incomplete, it is the beginning of the greater organization of all scales.

Organizing Scales