Hi there, net traveller! My name is Aubery, but most people know me by my scenic name Astro - both are fine! I'm mostly known as the creator of Elysian Tunes, a music project involving a bunch of fictional characters, some lore, and dozens of albums of different kinds of music. Aside from that, I do a ton of things - making hardware synthesizers, experimenting with software and programming, digital visual design, and much more. On this page you'll find out who I am today, and what had to happen in order for me to become what I am.

SCENE NAME: Astro / NAME & SURNAME: Aubery Lis / AGE: XX / GENDER: Agender / PRONOUNS: They or She / MUSIC PERSON / SYNTHEZIER MAKER / PROGRAMMER / VISUAL ARTIST / DECORACORE PRINCESS / FOREVER A RAVER!

MY FAVOURITE TUNES AND 'MUSIC THEMES'
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I like:
flashy and vivid graphics
80s to early 00s games and arcades
mint candy, pizza, tea and tofu
databending, glitch, corruption
raves, gigs and other musical events
pink, green mint and cyan! also rainbow gradient and the 3-bit palette
overloaded flashy colourful fashion
creating & learning to do all the stuff
talking to people (that's you!)
absurdic YTP caliber comedy
syntheziers of all sorts!!!
looking at cute or neat artworks
amen break and gabber bassdrum
foxes, cats, bats and other pretty animals

Hi! My name's Aubery (also known as Astro (scenic name), Lis, Patch, Kate.. the list could go on.). I was born back in Moscow on 8 February 1998. Currently i live and study in Tallinn, Estonia! I like making things, as you might've noticed by now. Any things that interest me, pretty much! One of my main interests is sound and music, and i've been making mostly electronic music for about 10 years now. A lot of my other interests are computer-centric, too - like digital visual design and crossmedia art, programming of all sorts, games, of course. But also: developing characters and lore, building analog synthesizers, and anything else!

I grew up with Windows 98, lots of random toys i inherited from my bunch of cousins (big thing in Russia, at least back then), and severe allergy. I proudly destroyed a computer's OS (Windows 98, that's when mom switched to 2000 i think) when i was about 5 years old: i liked just messing with the computer, and probably that's what caused my love for sharp edges, almost pixel art icons, vivid colour palettes and stuff. About the same time - when i went to school at 6 years old - my cousin lost interest in his GameBoy Advance, so he gave it away to me. Which was either a grave mistake, or a divine blessing, as the games that i got with it had 2 jumbo cartridges with about a hundred of NES games on each, and somehow, i ignored the GBA games and went for those pixelish, vivid-ass games which have the arcade spirit. That's the time when i started developing all the tastes that would end up being my preferences in visual art and music.

I got a cellphone in second grade of elementary school. And then i broke it, and got another one - a sony ericson, with memory stick support. That's when i got the ultimate power of loading music into my phone. At first, it was the Need For Speed Underground and Tony Hawk's Undergeound 2 soundtracks. Lots of undergeound, eh? I was a happy kid with a bunch of punk andrap with cut out swearings in their phone.

Then, i discovered the wonders of early years of the russian social network VK, which was VKontakte (lit. "in contact") back then - and was way more of a chaotic data pillar valley, than of a sad govenmental-crap-infested trashpile it is now. It had everything: flash games, random mp3s (that's how i found out about gabber and breakcore), weird videos, ANY videos. It kinda was a condensed alternative-reality version of what people from the USA and around were experiencing through youtube, napster, piratebay and flash game websites. I got curious how people make all of that, so i was like, yeah, i gotta make something. I chose music - at random, i guess - and asked dad how do. Dad was (and is) a music enthusiast, so he had a bunch of CDs with random music software on it, and he gave me hiphop ejay 5 - good choice, simple and adjacent to what i was listening to. Another event that spilt the life into before and after! All the fun i had with it. Then i moved on to dance ejay 9 - i found it in the store, and it was marketed as something you make Cool Techno with. My memory stick was already infested with Cool Techno by that point - by which i mean mostly the trendy EDM of the time, plus some happy hardcore and gabber. So of course i went for it.

After that, a lot of stuff started happening at the same time, all ending up making me whatever i am now, I got extremely into chiptune, so i got my hands on a couple of DMG-01's and LSDJ smartcards and started making stuff. I also got into the whole furry thing - i was a permanent resident of the SonicFans21 forum (a place i found many friends and even my first partner at), and i've seen a word "furry" out there a few times, so i searched it up. Another grave mistake. It interwinded with the book (or rather a bunch of vaguely connected worldbuilding notebooks) i've been writing since 5th grade, and i ended up with.. furry and kemono fanfication, literally. Mostly sci-fi "textual shounen". Not the proudest time. I also didn't finish any single one of the stories, as they were always too big and had too many arcs, so i lost interest quickly. I also switched to FL studio, and then to Ableton, in terms of computer music, which gave me more and more freedom to do stuff. I got interested in psy trance, so i made a few albums of psy trance and "experimental" (bad) music.

I also have that other cousin of mine, and his friend Paul was hanging out with me a few years in a row when we both were in the countryside. He's also making music, and he made a huge impact on my tastes when he gave me his HDD full of music to copy. There was all sorts of stuff: i learned about IDM and breaks from that! We worked together on a couple of projects, and he worked with my cousin (who is a guitarist), too. I kinda had a dream of making an electronic music trio with them, and in my head it was already in full effect. But naturally, two 25-ish years old dudes, who were hanging out with a nine-grader just cause they're a cousin of one of them, had a different opinion. Upset with "things not working out", and inspired by Gorillaz, i decided to make my own virtual band. By that time, i had a fursona and my chiptune project's mascot (Astro The Fox) and a bunch of characters from my stories, so i decided to reuse them for the virtual band purpose, called it "Rave Audio" and started on a huge album by them. That's how Elysian Tunes started off, actually.

I started making stuff in different genres, and thought that since Astro The Fox is already the face of my chiptune project, i can just make other characters be responsible for other music. I finished the longbuild album as Elysium Ravers called 2048, then finished up the sideprojects as different characters, and decided that this is how i'll go with audio from then on. I ended up releasing more than 60 releases on Elysian Tunes, a fictional netlabel i set up for my stuff. I got some sort of ever so slight traction and auditory in the whole furry community thing. I never was really successfull or widely appreciated, though, and i got burned out completely and stopped. Main outtake: make stuff for yourself, not for someone! Along that time period, i also got into modular synthesizers - mostly into the part where you design and build them. I went to a technical university, so it only made sense to dive as deep as i can, so i ended up developing some circuit design and device assembly skills. My DIY synths (along with commercially available ones) play a big role in my music, there are samples recorded from them scattered all over the Elysian Tunes albums. I also became way more of a decent visual designer: still not perfect, but many people tell me my style rocks, and i myself find it at least alright. Paying more attention to the way what i make looks turned more of my attention to the way i look, and it started the "Astro becomes a weird-looking wannabe dekorakore princess" storyline: it still goes on.

As of 2021, i've slowly recovered from the big burnout and am releasing at least some music, sometimes. My audio skills grew, and i promise, this time i'm doing it for my own entertainment first and foremost! I'm designing a lot of synthesizers, mostly for myself, but sometimes as orders from other people. I decided to finally admit and embrace the fact that i feel more like a girl than anything else, while still being non binary, and it feels nice. I'm not the only one corona did this to, right? I have a lot of projects planned, and i hope to have enough time and power to carry them out! Maybe you'll even like them. I hope to meet more great people both IRL and on the interwebs, so if you want to ask something or have a chitchat, feel free to hit me up somehow!

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