Palindromic Scales and Mirror Modes

A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama. This is one of my favourite palindromes (and one of my favourite The Fall Of Troy songs). But there are other palindromes in music as well. In this article, we will discuss palindromic scales and mirror modes.

Try reversing or “mirroring” the order of intervals in any given scale. Reversing the order of intervals in a palindromic scale will produce the same scale. Otherwise, we will end up with a new ‘mirror scale‘ that is on the opposite side of the brightness/darkness spectrum.

This idea of the bright/dark spectrum of scales adds another layer of thinking in the way we write and improvise with these scales.

With that brief primer out of the way, let’s get into the article on palindromic scales and mirror modes!

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Musical Light Spectrum: Brightness and Darkness

Musical brightness and darkness is something that has been on my mind lately. This idea of a ‘musical light spectrum’ is really interesting. I call it a spectrum, but it’s actually cyclical and doesn’t necessarily work with absolutes. Brightness and darkness are relative ideas.

The concept of brightness and darkness in music theory is applied to chords, scales, and harmony in general.

In this article, we’ll discuss the idea of musical light: brightness and darkness!

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