Sleep For Students

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Sleep For Students
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Studio album by Mike Shinoda
Released November 20, 2020
Recorded 2020
Length 78:49
Label Kenji Kobayashi Productions
Producer Mike Shinoda
Mike Shinoda chronology

Dropped Frames, Vol. 3 (2020) Sleep For Students (2020)

Sleep For Students is an instrumental album by Mike Shinoda from his CoronaJams music that he created in 2020. It was intended to be an album of quiet, instrumental music meant for sleeping. It was released on November 20, 2020 via AcousticSounds.com for U.S. purchasers.

Background

In March 2020, the global pandemic created by the COVID-19 coronavirus caused communities to quarantine at home. During this time, Mike Shinoda decided to start live streaming online and inviting fans to watch him create new instrumental music.

The Sleep For Students project began on August 28, 2020 on Twitch. A fan suggested that Mike create a long and relaxing "sleepy time" track, so Mike opened music requests for a minute and another fan redeemed the theme.

On September 9 when asked about the track, Mike said, "Yeah we're working on it, I don't have definitive news yet. But Sleepy Jam is on the horizon, I want to get it out as quickly as possible so you guys can start using it for your sleepy time music. Remember if I told you if I put it on streaming services that it'd make royalties when you listen to it? My concept is actually, I have a scholarship at ArtCenter College of Design that I funded forever ago, and I realized, 'Ah I'd really love to do something with the income from the Sleepy Time Jam that's really cool.' I want to try to send those royalties there, I want it to help fund the scholarship. When you are doing something like that, if I donate it from my royalty income, it gets taxed on the way to me and then I can donate my portion to the school. So I'm like, 'Is there a way I can do it where just donate the album itself to the school?' So if it makes $1,000, then the thousand dollars is taxed and then a portion of a thousand dollars goes to the scholarship. So I'd rather the whole thing go, if it's possible. My scholarship at ArtCenter, it's big enough for a graphics or illustration student based on financial need and merit. So they have to be really good and they have to need the money, and they need help going to school. So we'll figure it out, that's why it's taking an extra second. We aren't going to just put it up on SoundCloud or let you download the thing, I want to do something like that with it. It's complicated enough... the government doesn't want you to use charitable donation as like a tax loophole basically. So you've gotta do it the proper, legal way and I'm not super educated on how that works so we’re figuring it out. So that'll be that with the Sleepy Time Jam."[1]

Upon release, fans were surprised to see that it has expanded to thirty tracks and over an hour of music.

Release

On November 20, 2020, Sleep For Students was released exclusively on AcousticSounds.com for U.S. purchasers.[2]

Artwork

On September 21, 2020 on Twitch, Mike said, "Check this out! The ambient track, the sleepy track, is coming along, and a did an artwork for it, I did a cover, for the sleepy track. Fun, right? I started it black and white, and then I added a little textures on the edges, and then I started just lightning and coloring it, so I wanted it to be more sleepy and chill. Yeah, I like it, it came out pretty good. I did that this weekend. Just to show you that I haven't forgotten about it. It's happening, it's on the way. I mean, I don't know what's going to happen with it, actually!"[3]

Track Listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 One Shinoda Michael Kenji 2:02
2 Two 2:44
3 Three 3:06
4 Four 2:12
5 Five 2:01
6 Six 2:06
7 Seven 4:15
8 Eight 2:25
9 Nine 3:46
10 Ten 1:50
11 Eleven 1:54
12 Twelve 2:46
13 Thirteen 1:59
14 Fourteen 3:29
15 Fifteen 3:29
16 Sixteen 3:05
17 Seventeen 2:58
18 Eighteen 1:54
19 Nineteen 3:49
20 Twenty 4:47
21 Twenty-one 2:09
22 Twenty-two 3:16
23 Twenty-three 2:07
24 Twenty-four 3:40
25 Twenty-five 1:57
26 Twenty-six 2:25
27 Twenty-seven 1:37
28 Twenty-eight 1:47
29 Twenty-nine 1:30
30 Thirty 2:11

Personnel

  • Mike Shinoda

Gallery

References