It may seem difficult to remember a time before fidget spinners, because over the past few weeks, the small plastic toys have invaded classrooms, offices, public transportation, and just about anywhere else people have a free hand. Now YouTuber Andrew Huang has found a way to make the small toy somewhat useful.
In a new video posted to his YouTube page, Huang uses fidget toys to create a beat, turning the toy into an instrument. “This has got to be one of my most requested videos of all time,” says Huang. “A lot of you have been asking me to make music using the sound of fidgets toys.”
Huang says that he bought fidget spinners solely for the purpose of the video and didn’t quite understand the trend, but after having the toys for only a few hours, he admitted that he was addicted. That’s how the fidget spinners get you!
Determining that ‘minimal techno’ would be the best genre for the fidget toys, Huang layered clicked, tapped and spun the plastic toy to create his song. Noting that the fidget spinners can actually throw off an impressive amount of bass when placed close to a high definition mic, Huang shows how he recorded the sounds and used editing software to turn them into something that resembled a pretty catchy song.
“These are really small items, so the sounds they make are also quite small,” says Huang, who suggests listeners use headphones to hear the delicate intricacies of the track. The YouTuber has become famous for using unconventional items to make music, including water bottles, balloons, beets (!) and drones. Amassing a following of more than 830,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Huang’s fidget spinner video has already racked up over half a million views in one week, making it one of his most popular videos.
Huang has made the song and the samples of the different sounds available in a ‘Fidget Sound Pack’ for $5 through his website, adding yet another way fidget spinners are stealing both your time and money.