weblog

Welcome

Novalis

Hi, My name is Elliott. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1974, grew up mainly in Memphis and throughout Florida, and currently live in Portland, Oregon. I’m a classic vata-pitta, 4w3, wood tiger virgo/sagittarius/gemini INFP, I made a 466 on the MAT exam, I speak Russian badly, and my blood type is A+ (6 gallon donor)— if any of that helps paint a picture. As a radical individualist, I share all this as a sort of joke at the expense of the idea that people should ever be put into categories. The only social media I have anything to do with are Dialectic, Empathy, and Respect.

The weblog is my personal journal of achievement or interests and is a living document, so I may from time to time change or delete the content here. You will be relieved to know that I don’t expect anyone to actually read any of this.

Music

Recorded live with Plogue Bidule,
with some editing. Perhaps file under
“Difficult Listening Pleasures”….

 

 

50L6 HiFi

I love music so much that some years ago I started learning electronics, going on to work at CoffmanLabs building amazing valve-state HiFi systems. I bought some spare parts that weren’t going to be used and started making my own hot-rodded versions, functional objets d’art. Electrically this is basically a stripped down Prautes 50L6 headphone amp, where I made a few internal design changes and this chassis… the pattern is done in pure gold (as in “actual” gold), based on a photo I took of a ceiling in the Alcazar in Sevilla, Spain. The controls are on the back so it’s possible to see more art, and the front panel is a sacred mandala designed by a 16th century Italian philosopher. The amp also lights up 😀 but I haven’t yet sourced the lights I want to use. Although nominally only a ~1.5W headphone amp, I use it to drive 99dB efficient speakers quite capably…. I have the parts to build a total of five, inquiries welcome! (I’ll also soon have a matching design for the CoffmanLabs G1A/B) — Contact