Mode

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The term mode of the modern western understanding of scales is determined by the starting/ending point of a scale based on a given tonal material.

For example the diatonic material 0 2 4 5 7 9 11 12 14 16 17 ... of 12edo with its 7-tone periodicity (12 equals 0) can be used to build 7 different modes, which are often named as

  • Ionian (0...)
  • Dorian (2...)
  • Phrygian (4...)
  • Lydian (5...)
  • Mixolydian (7...)
  • Aeolian (9...)
  • Locrian (11...)

see also