Date of Graduation


Document Type

Problem/Project Report

Degree Type



College of Creative Arts


School of Music

Committee Chair

David Taddie

Committee Member

Matthew Heap

Committee Member

Travis Stimeling

Committee Member

Andrea Preister Houde

Committee Member

Jules Malarcher


This paper introduces the hyperscale, defines terminology that is new or potentially ambiguous, examines historical scales which may be a hyperscale or not (with examples when available), introduces two synthetic hyperscales created by the author, tells the story behind their creation through an analysis of an original piece by the author that uses both scales, compares the scale characteristics and composition techniques used in the piece with those of another piece written by a contemporary composer, and finally offers some concluding thoughts on the future of the hyperscale in art music. Because relatively little scholarship exists for this topic, this paper serves as both an introduction and an analysis of various approaches in the creation of hyperscales and of the use of existing hyperscales.

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