Crystal balls

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We may define the nth q-limit Hahn shell as the octave classes at exactly Hahn distance n from the unison in terms of the q-odd-limit Hahn norm. The number of notes in the 5-limit Hahn shell is (for n>0) 6n, and in the 7-limit Hahn shell n has 10n^2+2 notes. If we take the union of the Hahn shells up to shell n we obtain the q-limit crystal ball; the reason behind that name is that the number of notes in the 7-limit crystal balls are called crystal ball numbers or magic numbers in some chemical and crystallographic contexts. The number of notes in the nth 5-limit crystal ball is 3n^2 + 3n + 1 and in the nth 7-limit crystal ball is (2n + 1)(5n^2 + 5n + 3)/3. An alternative definition, not employing Hahn distance, is that the nth 5- and 7- limit crystal balls are the nth scale powers of the 5- and 7-limit tonality diamonds, respectively. This easily generalizes to the scale power of the q-limit tonality diamond for any odd number q.

Because of the way they are formed crystal balls are not especially regular as scales, but they are abundantly supplied with chords.

Here are the first few 5-limit Hahn shells:

Shell 0

[1]

Shell 1 -- the 5-limit consonances

[6/5, 5/4, 4/3, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3]

Shell 2

[25/24, 16/15, 10/9, 9/8, 32/25, 25/18, 36/25, 25/16, 16/9, 9/5, 15/8, 48/25]

Shell 3

[128/125, 27/25, 144/125, 125/108, 75/64, 32/27, 125/96, 27/20, 45/32, 64/45, 40/27, 192/125, 27/16, 128/75, 216/125, 125/72, 50/27, 125/64]

Shell 4

[81/80, 648/625, 135/128, 625/576, 256/225, 625/512, 768/625, 100/81, 81/64, 162/125, 512/375, 864/625, 625/432, 375/256, 125/81, 128/81, 81/50, 625/384, 1024/625, 225/128, 1152/625, 256/135, 625/324, 160/81]

Here are the first three 7-limit Hahn shells:

Shell 0

[1]

Shell 1 -- the 7-limit consonances

[8/7, 7/6, 6/5, 5/4, 4/3, 7/5, 10/7, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3, 12/7, 7/4]

Shell 2

[50/49, 49/48, 36/35, 25/24, 21/20, 16/15, 15/14, 35/32, 10/9, 28/25, 9/8, 25/21, 60/49, 49/40, 32/25, 9/7, 64/49, 21/16, 49/36, 48/35, 25/18, 36/25,35/24, 72/49, 32/21, 49/32, 14/9, 25/16, 80/49, 49/30, 42/25, 16/9, 25/14, 9/5, 64/35, 28/15, 15/8, 40/21, 48/25, 35/18, 96/49, 49/25]

Here are the first two 7-limit crystal ball scales:

Crystal ball 1 13 notes -- the 7-limit Tonality Diamond

[8/7, 7/6, 6/5, 5/4, 4/3, 7/5, 10/7, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3, 12/7, 7/4, 2]

Crystal ball 2 55 notes

[50/49, 49/48, 36/35, 25/24, 21/20, 16/15, 15/14, 35/32, 10/9,

28/25, 9/8, 8/7, 7/6, 25/21, 6/5, 60/49, 49/40, 5/4, 32/25, 9/7, 64/49, 21/16, 4/3, 49/36, 48/35, 25/18, 7/5, 10/7, 36/25, 35/24, 72/49, 3/2, 32/21, 49/32, 14/9, 25/16, 8/5, 80/49, 49/30, 5/3, 42/25, 12/7, 7/4, 16/9, 25/14, 9/5, 64/35, 28/15, 15/8, 40/21, 48/25, 35/18, 96/49, 49/25, 2]

Crystal ball one can also be described as Cube[2], the 2x2x2 cube scale, which consists of the notes of the eight chords [i, j, k] with i, j, and k either -1 or 0. Crystal ball two consists of Cube[4], the 4x4x4 cube with i, j, and k from -2 to 1, minus the eight chords [-2 -2 1], [-2 1 -2], [-2 1 1], [1 -2 -2], [1 -2 1], [-2 -2 -2], [1 1 -2], [1 1 1].

The first two crystal balls can also equally well be described as Euclidean ball scales; they began to diverge with the third crystal ball. If we take everything within a radius of one of the unison, we get crystal ball one; if we take everything within a radius of two, we get crystal ball two. This means we also have two intermediate scales, Euclidean balls of radius √2 and √3.

Euclid 2 19 notes

[21/20, 15/14, 8/7, 7/6, 6/5, 5/4, 4/3, 48/35, 7/5, 10/7, 35/24, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3, 12/7, 7/4, 28/15, 40/21, 2]

Euclid 3 43 notes

[49/48, 36/35, 25/24, 21/20, 16/15, 15/14, 35/32, 10/9, 28/25, 8/7, 7/6, 25/21, 6/5, 60/49, 49/40, 5/4, 9/7, 21/16, 4/3, 48/35, 7/5, 10/7, 35/24, 3/2, 32/21, 14/9, 8/5, 80/49, 49/30, 5/3, 42/25, 12/7, 7/4, 25/14, 9/5, 64/35, 28/15, 15/8, 40/21, 48/25, 35/18, 96/49, 2]

Scales

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