Cursor Miner is one of the good guys, a 'producer's producer', but one of the rare ones who truly understands the value of a party. Never afraid to go stupid when necessary (which is often), his immaculately conceived music nevertheless conceals its simplicity well.
Here's an old biography that he is no doubt embarrassed about these days:
As a child Rob Tubb aka Cursor Miner would spend hours making tapes full of stupid comedy sketches, home made sound effects and “electronic” music recorded off ceefax. Many years later little has changed but for the technology. Cursor’s music career proper started off rocking out on guitar in a rock band at school, but on moving to London was influenced by the sounds of Acid Techno, his productions started moving away from guitar and onto drum machines and computers, whilst keeping the distortion pedals in full effect. In the late 90’s Miner’s first computer based creations (made by effecting and cutting and pasting sine waves, a basic sample editor being the only software available to CM at the time) came to the attention of esteemed techno-funk pioneer Si Begg and he released a number of tracks on his Noodles compilation The Death of Cool. At around this time Rob’s long time friend Kone-r kicked off his label Uncharted Audio by releasing a Cursor Miner EP “This Mans Adventure”.
Cm’s first album “Explosive Piece of Mind” was released in 2002 to critical acclaim. A wild mixture of Beck, Bowie and Depeche Mode style songwriting, twisted beats and Autechre style noise excursions, this album seemed to bridge the divide between the dancefloor and the messed up innards of Tubb’s own mind. Cursor then scored a viral hit with librarians the world over with the catchy track about libraries “Library”, alongside a cheeky little animation this managed to be viewed by over 50000 librarians. The next two albums traced a trajectory from quirky pop songs like “I want to be a foetus” to the dancefloor stormers such as “The Sport of Kings” and "Hair of The Dog”, getting dropped, charted and bigged up by DJ’s such as Andy weatherall, Aphex Twin, Alter Ego, Dave Clarke, The Advent, Laurent Garnier and Mark Moore.
Cursor’s legendary live sets at mega-raves such as Bloc weekender, Glade and Sonar festival have made many punters sweat over 8 litres a second and started a clubbing craze for wearing goggles, LEDs, green pants, tank tops and protective knee pads. Well not really but we can only hope. Cursor Miner has been dressed as a loon and shouting into his distorted vintage microphone all over Europe; in Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Hungary, Czech Rep, Switzerland, Russia and more.