Sometimes it’s hard to express complex emotions in words. Our feelings are, by nature, pretty abstract, which means the written word isn’t always the most satisfying mode of self-expression. That’s why social tech startup Humane Engineering has created an alternative outlet for our emotions, in the form of a musical journal app called Cove, that lets users record melodic journal entries.  

Available at the App Store, Cove was initially designed to help teenagers with a limited emotional vocabulary deal with, and understand, confusing emotions. But Humane Engineering co-founders Ivor Williams and Alex Rothera quickly realized the app could help adults process their emotions as well.

The app lets users capture their feelings in music by dropping stones into moving water. As the digital water flows over each stone, it creates a note or chord, depending on the stone’s size. Users can choose the tone, rhythm, and mood of their songs, creating highly individual, meditative musical journal entries.

Williams told WIRED that he wants the app to provide a safe space for people to express themselves: “You’re dropping stones in water, as it were, to create your own personal cove—your own private spaces,” he explained.

[h/t: WIRED]

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