Developer: Wolfram Alpha LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
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For better or worse, Wolfram Music Theory Course Assistant looks and feels like the culmination of everything music related in Wolfram Alpha. Explaining the Wolfram system is tough because it's not a traditional encyclopedia, but an answer engine that just gives you facts. There is no fluff in the world of Wolfram, just science.
Being a sort of science, music is the newest endeavor of Wolfram in the App Store. Again, for better or worse, the Wolfram Music Theory Course Assistant gives you straight facts about just about anything music related. Want to know what a C Chord is? Find it in the chord section and you'll get the straight scoop, including the music notation, the note names, the keyboard display, guitar chord voicings complete with tabs, and even handy little button with the chord in action.
As bland as the app is, it really does cover just about everything that you've ever wanted to know about the science of music theory. You can look up chords, pitch notations, scales, intervals, and even dictionary-like terms of different music related words.
The problem that I have with this Wolfram app, other than the expected blandness of the UI, is that it has no soul. I know, the whole point is that the app is supposed to be an answer engine, but when I look up "jazz band" in the music dictionary, I'd like to see a bit more than how to use the word use in a sentence. I'd like to see some jazz chords or some famous jazz musicians. I want to feel like I'm grasping the essence of jazz band, not just getting a bland answer back with no life. Honestly, I can get just about everything I get in Wolfram Music Theory Couse Assistant on Wikipedia for free, except for the sound output examples, and learn a whole lot more about the subject.