TONAL RELATIVITY

VISUALIZATIONS of INTERVALS and MODES
INHERENT in a 12-TONE MUSICAL SYSTEM
COLORS/SHAPES = THE SPACE BETWEEN NOTES

key to all intervals

KEY TO INTERVALS

 


 

modes of the major scale

MODES OF THE MAJOR SCALE

 

 



modes of the ascending melodic minor scale

MODES OF THE ASCENDING MELODIC MINOR SCALE

 

 

 

 

modes of the harmonic minor scale

MODES OF THE HARMONIC MINOR SCALE

 

 

 

pentatonic scale set 1

PENTATONIC SCALE SET 1

 

 

 

pentatonic scale set 2

PENTATONIC SCALE SET 2

 

 

modes of the major scale and modes of ascending melodic minro scale

MODES OF THE MAJOR SCALE and MODES OF THE ASCENDING MELODIC MINOR SCALE, monochrome



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La Monte Young's Composition 1960 #7 offers players and listeners access into the universe of sound that emerges from two sustained notes a fifth apart (namely a B and an F#) played simultaneously. We invite musicians and non-musicians alike to try our version of it, Composition 2017 #1.

La Monte Young Composition 1960 #7

 

Bill Evans' Twelve Tone Tune Two:


Listen here to Alyce Santoro discussing an exhibition of the Tonal Relativity series at Eugene Binder on Marfa Public Radio on February 12, 2016.

For a treatise on sound's potential to shape atmosphere, please see Alyce Santoro's INTRODUCTION TO RHYTHMANALYSIS.

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“Improvisation is the art of becoming sound. It is the only art in which a human being can and must become the music he or she is making. It is the art of constant, attentive and dangerous living in every moment. It is the art of stepping outside of time, disappearing in it, becoming it. It is both the fine art of listening and responding and the more refined art of silence. It is the only musical art where the entire "score" is merely the self and the others, and the space and moment where and when this happens. Improvisation is the only musical art which is predicated entirely on human trust and love.”

– Alvin Curran, On Spontaneous Music, 1995

 

"The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception."

– Albert Einstein to Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love: A New Approach to Education, 1969

 

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.”

– Plato, The Republic

 

“Begin anywhere.”

– John Cage

 


All Graphic Charts of the Modes & Intervals Commonly Used in Modern Western Music
©Alyce Santoro & Julian Mock 2017



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