Before 9/2/12, I was a full time musician, recording engineer & composer. On that evening, while out for a run, I was struck by an intoxicated driver. I suffered a laundry list of injuries. The most concerning of which was the traumatic brain injury. When I eventually woke up, I learned that outpatient physical & mental therapy understandably left something to be desired in regards to musician's skills recovery. I naturally resumed my career path. Little did I know that creating music was now going to be by far the most significant source of therapy that I'd experience.

As my first post-accident musical endeavor, I scored a short documentary. "The Pixel Painter" was released in July '13. The film was met with an extremely positive and enthusiastic response. It received over 1 million views and a mention on the cover of the NY Post within the first week of release. I wrote, performed, recorded & mixed music for this film shortly after I was released from hospital care. Both the opening titles & entire film are available here: Although I don't fully recall creating the music for this film, I do recall that this project sparked in me the interest to finally start a solo musical project.

So, I then began to create music under the moniker, Ninth Floor Mannequin. During 2014, I scoured my hard drives for ideas. I found them. I relearned them. I finished them. I compiled them. I made a debut EP out of them. This was my musical therapy program. The music that I created during recovery is available for streaming here: I've continued to create music as β€œ9fm” since then. I hope that you have a moment to listen. Please don't hesitate to reach out & contact me. I'd love to hear any thoughts, suggestions, questions or critiques that you might have.

In addition to creating the music itself, I also filmed a bit of the performance skills portion of my project. Improvisation is one of the aspects of musicianship that is requiring the greatest deal of time & effort to reclaim. The speed & coordination required to perform an improv drum solo have not been easy to recover. However, the pursuit of those skills is yielding significant progress in regards to quick thinking, problem solving & short term memory improvement. Here is an early effort in regards to that matter. I'm still improving.

During my writing process, songs tend to change instrumentation & style. In this clip, I've attempted to recall & perform the original concept of a song that was written before my accident but was relearned & finished afterwards This one is just for fun. I learned & rearranged a favorite classic song & performed it on two of my secondary instruments. (I'm really just a drummer.) Remembering lyrics & performing on those relatively unfamiliar instruments was another good challenge for me. I'm still improving.

So, I've continued on my career life path as a musician, composer, recording engineer & teacher. I hope that you find the music & story interesting enough to share so that I can continue to produce material & share this project. I should also mention that I've resumed my next most significant source of therapy, running. That is the subject of my sophomore Steller story. Thanks for the time & attention. I hope to hear from you soon. Music: Videos: Instagram: @aJellyElectric Twitter: @9thFlrMannequin

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  • jaywilder

    Amazing and inspiring story, Jarrod! I can't wait to hit the links and listen when I get home later. :) I also love music. 😊🎢🎼

  • aJellyElectric

    I appreciate that. Thanks so much. I hope that you enjoy the music.

  • journeyofnow

    I remember the pixel project, so great to see you hear.

  • tbyrnes

    Listening to your Sound Cloud right now. Really great stuff πŸ‘

  • aJellyElectric

    Thanks all. I'm very happy to see that you're into it. Enjoy.

  • starklifephoto

    Listening now. Beautiful. Way to overcome adversity. The human spirit is amazing.

  • aJellyElectric

    Thanks for the kind words. Hope you enjoyed it. More music already in the works.

  • coastalkate

    I truly believe that art in all its various mediums has the power to heal for creator and viewer alike. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • aJellyElectric

    Thank you for insight @coastalkate

  • deletedaccount9

    Keep making art! Powerful story.

  • jaywilder

    Your music sounds great @aJellyElectric - great version of rocky raccoon and very cool sketch + drum solo

  • aJellyElectric

    Much appreciated @jaywilder Thanks for the kind words & thanks especially for the republish

  • sunnyinpdx

    Incredible! Amazing story. Going to carve out time today to listen, watch in entirety.

  • aJellyElectric

    @sunnyinpdx Thank you so very much. I hope that you enjoy it all.

  • sunnyinpdx

    Fantastic - really loved the music and your talents. Such an inspiring story too. Also - cool film (pixel artist)!

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