The Meaning and Definition of Modes and the Discovery of New Modes


This section recalls most of the course of the relevant concepts being assembled in order to achieve a functional map of musical harmony, called the Modary Map™. In Figure 1 we are able to see the first innovation made by this research, 'The Main Spectrum': we notice that by drawing the dimension of the chromatic scale (horizontal) as perpendicular to that of the circle of 5ths (vertical), the known rainbow-spectrum concept can be applied to all of the primary key-signatures simultaneously as one idea. The two-dimensional concept obtained is then also called a ‘Spectrum’, though later we discovered that there are many more of these, and that ultimately a total of 17 Spectrums somehow share a correlation.



The Main Spectrum, Expanded View : Figure 1

The figure above shows the spectrum-concept in its original detail. Any of the system's spectrums include 7 Modes that will always exists at the same distance from any of their relative modes regardless of the key signature, for example: the Natural Minor Scale [Blue] is always the same intervallic-distance from the Major Scale [Orange]. Modes are simple geometric patterns that always fit into a particular position within a larger geometric pattern, and such pattern is technically termed a 'parent scale-form'.



Comparing the above and below figures, we can observe how the Dot-Notation of the Primary Diatonic Scale, or any of its modes, stays the same in form even when the key-signature has changed and the notes of the keyboard obtain new colors. The Major Scale is always found at Main Orange [MO]; the Natural Minor Scale is always found at Main Blue [MB].



Figures 1.2 and 1.3


The Primary Diatonic Scale-Form, which has the Major Scale the Natural Minor Scale, is so common in the art, that all of its modes have traditional names that have been in use for nearly two-thousand years.


New modes still needed to be introduced in order to provide an equal treatment of the positions within the other scale-forms that were being used in the art throughout history, namely: the Medlodic Minor Scale and the Harmonic Minor Scale.



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