Plain Notation System (test concept) by Ian van Loyden

For the final version of Plain Notation System please go to: Plain Notation System

The idea is plain and simple. In 12-TET there are 12 tones that have their names as follows:

Do, Bu, Re, Na, Mi, Fa, Ge, So, Vu, Le, Ha, Ti

The tones are designated according to the first consonant letter of their corresponding names:

D, B, R, N, M, F, G, S, V, L, H, T

In use are four clefs corresponding to the tones So, Do, Re and Fa and derived from their respective Greek letters σ, ∂, ρ, and φ.

The intervals in the Plain Notation System are also straight forward as follows:

  • zero interval means – unison
  • the smallest interval – first (prime)
  • second
  • third
  • fourth
  • fifth
  • sixth
  • seventh
  • octave (eight)
  • ninth
  • tenth
  • eleventh
  • renova (anew, again)
  • refirst
  • resecond
  • rethird
  • … and so on

The inversions of the intervals obey the formula: Ia + a = 12 (Ia is the inversion of a)

The chords are represented by their root (base) tone and numbers for the intervals between the steps of the chord or its inversion. Please see the next illustration:

Plain Notation System -MNP- Project-final.png

See also: Treatise on Pentatonics (YouTube Videos)