SOFT CHROMATIC GENUS

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Second Mode belongs to the Soft Chromatic Scale. The Soft Chromatic Scale has three interval sizes: 8-14-8.

Second Mode interval sizes:
8-14-8-12-8-14-8

Ni-Pa-Vou-Ga-Di-Ke-Zo'-Ni'

 

There are 72 "comas" or micro steps in an octave, For example, a full tone is equal to 12 comas. The distance from Ga(F) to Di (G) is 12 comas. However, the distance from Ni(C) to Pa(D) is 8 comas.
8 comas = 133.33 cents. You may reproduce it using a modern synthesizer/keyboard which is capable in detuning the equal-tempered scale to Micro-Tones.

 

The Soft Chromatic Scale tuning:


A special signature (Martyria) is written to indicate the mode and starting pitch. Also, the modulation signs (Phthorai) are written to indicate the transition from one mode to another.

The Second Mode Scale

Illustrations:

Sign
Name
Value

Ison

no movement

Oligon

one step upward

Apostrophos
one step downward

Martyria of the Soft Chromatic Scale:

Pthora of the Soft Chromatic Scale:

The Soft Chromatic Scale in both Psaltic and staff notation:

= -33.33cents. = -66 cents (from Ni to Pa).

 
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