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Watch YouTuber Brandon Scott turn corn starch and water into a practice pad

YouTube drum personality, Brandon Scott’s channel features plenty of great lessons and tips, as well as documenting his life as a recording and touring drummer. More recently, however, Brandon has turned his hand to content including tips on shooting videos, what a snare sounds like when you fill it with water, and his latest upload: an experiment into drumming on a corn starch and water paste-covered practice pad.

The paste, sometimes called Oobleck (after the Dr Zeuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck), will be familiar to parents with slime-obsessed kids thanks to its cheap and easy DIY capabilities. The mixture is what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid - its viscosity changes when subjected to force, giving it properties of both a solid and a liquid without any change in temperature. 

With this in mind, the slimy paste has become a hit with YouTubers too - with videos confirming what happens when you shoot the mixture with a gun, drop a bowling ball on it, and walking or riding a bike over it. 

If you’ve ever wondered - and we hadn’t until now - whether or not it’s possible to drum on it, then Brandon has done the research for you and compiled it into an informative video. If you can’t wait, skip to 4:30 to see what happens! 

Stuart Williams
Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.