Messiaen's Modes of Limited Transposition

Olivier Messiaen's symmetrical modes of limited transposition, are a set of scales which fit a strict set of criteria relating to their symmetry and the repitition of of their interval groups.

  • Choose your mode and the root note you want.
  • Click and drag to rotate the mode diagram.
  • Click notes from the scale to construct a chord from the bottom up.
  • Press the 'Play chord' button to hear your masterpiece! If you don't like the outcome, you can always clear the chord and start again, or remove individual notes.
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Created by Syberen van Munster and Jackson Hardaker.