Ofnobank

  • Submitted on time! May 24, 2020
Ben
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Leibowitz – I like to think of myself as a bit of a jewish thief too, so this guy’s story really resonated with me. His wiki is kind of a stub so I really don’t know a whole lot about his life, but according to Haaretz, he became a folk hero “portrayed as part Robin Hood, part sex symbol,” so again, this guy’s story really resonated with me.

Lyrics:

Italian Moto Guzzi

Ofnobank. Guy’s a thief

Desert motorcycle

Tela-Robin Hood-Aviv

Ofnobank ofnobank ofnobank shalom, shalom.

 

Wind:

Harmonica

Peruvian Pan Flute

Mellotron (digital)

Police siren



Looking for feedback on

Please anything. I had some trouble with compressors and limiters for this, and i feel like the mix is all over the place. Also was doing my late night night listening sessions on a sort of busted pair of airpods (sort of learned they were busted throughout this week) while walkin the dog, so I feel like that affected my ear for this.

Discussion

  • 10 Comments
alechutson May 26, 2020 9:08pm

love the chord progression here ben! you are a master of creating detailed tapestries of texture. very Ween lyrics, big fan 🙂

Daevster May 26, 2020 2:12pm

Yep yep, that choir sample is so cool. I would make that bass a little thicker, the bass licks might be my favorite part, and could stand to take up more space. Fleshing out a unique chord progression like this is no easy task and I think you made good choices arrangement-wise. I’ve never quite heard a song like it, well done!

Ben July 21, 2020 11:30am

Thanks! Yeah, it’s a weird one, structure- and form-wise. The bass was digital on my midi controller, so I always really struggle to get it right. I recently fixed up my p-bass, so it’ll be analog bass from here on out for most songs I think.

nick May 25, 2020 3:30pm

wild-vinyl-overexposedy-rollercoaster ride-Benefit of Mr. Kite-road trip. so many cool arrangement moves unique elements popping out, and @@ryan.mp3 got it right with that choiry background sample, so good. For me I think rounding off some of the more tangy (tangy is always the word I use for this) peaks of the acoustic guitar, like around :49 for instance, would be nice. “the guy’s a thief” instant classic.

Ben July 21, 2020 11:33am

Yes, I think this is similar to previous critiques you’ve given my acoustic guitar mixes. Tanginess/chirpiness/buzziness etc, not to mention some issues with Boom.

juliapiker May 25, 2020 3:21pm

bright bright lovely beuaitufl guitars. mix is not all over the place. but anytime you feel like the mix is too crazy- go back to the beginning. to the basics. Usually too many cooks in one frequency range. For this i feel like you are well endowed in the high mids. and mid mids. Check out ‘Tonal Balance Control’ by Izotope. It’s a cheat for when you’re not in a space to properly mix. Tells you where the holes are.

Ben July 21, 2020 11:34am

Checking that out. Now.

ryan.mp3 May 25, 2020 12:46pm

Yo, yesssss to that choir sample in the background! Soo good! This sounds like it would’ve been tricky to mix, I don’t envy you. But I think it turned out great! I wish the bass register were filled out the whole time the way it is in the first ~45 secs. There are a few sections later in the track that could use some bottom end. But man, I think for a wonky and tricky track, this sounds awesome. My favorite submission of yours yet. Very memorable.

Ben May 26, 2020 1:19pm

Great feedback. Yeah. Filling the low end was really hard for some reason on this track. I need to just get a bass. I used a midi controller and Logic sounds for bass, and there are very few workable options if I wanted a bass guitar that sounds more like a bass than a synth (but not too cute and fretty sounding). None of them were sounding good to me. I think it has something to do with how I recorded acoustic percussion for this (and no digital beats). Normally I can get digital bass to sit nicely over digi beats, but this was a challenge. Yeah this was fun.