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Nupelog is a 7-note generator-offset scale with step pattern 2L 2M 3s (sMLssML), equivalent to the 2L 5s MOS with two of the small steps made larger. It occupies a broad triangle on the chart of MV3 scales, whose vertices are generators [0\1,1\2] degenerate to 2edo, [2\7,4\7] degenerate to 7edo, and [1\2,1\2] again degenerate to 2edo.

Unanswered Questions:

*Is it chiral?

*What are the just intervals strongly implied by certain tunings?

"Nupelog" is a name given to this region by Kaiveran, reflecting both the pelogic family of temperaments, and the fact that several measured tunings of the Indonesian pelog have a very similar step pattern.


The following is a table of nupelog intervals and their abstract sizes in terms of L, M and s. Given concrete sizes of L, M and s in edo steps or cents, you can compute the concrete size of any interval in nupelog using the following expressions.

Interval sizes in nupelog
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Since nupelog is heptatonic, there is little issue with calling the "perfect 7-step" the octave, as in diatonic music.


Cyclic order

The modes arranged in cyclic order:

Pattern Name
sMLssML Nupelog Anti-Ionian
MLssMLs Nupelog Anti-Dorian
LssMLsM Nupelog Anti-Phrygian
ssMLsML Nupelog Anti-Lydian
sMLsMLs Nupelog Anti-Mixolydian
MLsMLss Nupelog Anti-Aeolian
LsMLssM Nupelog Anti-Locrian

By generator chain



  1. The fifth of nupelog must be a superflat fifth, as its limit of 4\7edo is by definition the boundary between diatonic and superflat tunings.
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Scala files

See also