Sunday Times Teaser 3042 – A Question of Scale
by Colin Vout
Published Sunday January 10 2021 (link)
The modernist music of Skaredahora eschewed traditional scales; instead he built scales up from strict mathematical rules.
The familiar major scale uses 7 notes chosen from the 12 pitches forming an octave. The notes are in (1) or out of (0) the scale in the pattern 101011010101, which then repeats. Six of these notes have another note exactly 7 steps above (maybe in the next repeat).
He wanted a different scale using 6 notes from the 12 pitches, with exactly two notes having another note 1 above, and one having another 5 above. Some notes could be involved in these pairings more than once.
His favourite scale was the one satisfying these rules that came first numerically when written out with 0s & 1s, starting with a 1.
What was Skaredahora’s favourite scale?