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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is about to release a new solo album of (mostly) instrumental jams that came about from collaborations with fans on Twitch.

He announced the album in a social media post, saying, “In March, when quarantine began, I started creating music live online. In addition to bringing the fans together for a daily conversation, the live streams inspired dozens of unexpected genre mashups and theme ideas. I’m excited to announce the release of my first batch of these instrumental songs.”

“My album Dropped Frames Vol. 1 will be coming out July 10th. Leading the release is ‘Open Door,’ a song that started out as a challenge called #singopendoor and evolved into a track featuring 7 fans from around the world. ‘Open Door’ is the only vocal-led song in the album. In times like these, when so much is being said, I felt an album of wordless tracks might hopefully give fans a place of respite—a break from the chatter. Listen to them while you chill, while you work, while you paint, while you eat, while you play…wherever they fit into your life.

Three of the twelve tracks— “Open Door,” “Super Galaxtica” and “Osiris” are available now. Get more information here.

Mike Shinoda

In March, when quarantine began, I started creating music live online. In addition to bringing the fans together for a daily conversation, the live streams inspired dozens of unexpected genre mashups and theme ideas. I'm excited to announce the release of my first batch of these instrumental songs.