Cursor Miner is the musical Nom De Plume of Robert Tubb, from Selsey, West Sussex, UK.
Initially playing rock guitar in the Chichester band Structural Damage, on moving to London in 1993 he became inspired by the Acid Techno scene and started producing electronic music. A further influx of influences followed, from 60’s British Psychedelia through Krautrock, Synthpop and New Wave to Avant Garde plundertronica, resulting in a sound that has been likened to what would happen if Beck and Bowie combined with Kraftwerk and Autechre in the middle of an early nineties illegal rave.
He has produced four albums, released on Lo Recordings and Uncharted Audio: Cursor Miner Requires Attention (2010), Danceflaw (2006), Cursor Miner Plays God (2004) and Explosive Piece Of Mind (2002). Styles range from full-on Acidic Electro Bass club stompers to experimental New Wave synth pop, through avant garde abstract noise constructions all the way to tongue-in-cheek educational songs for infants (and the infantile at heart).
Cursor Miner has also produced club-focused 12”s and EPs for Jerome Hill’s Don’t Recordings and Bleeper, Si Begg’s Noodles, Combat Recordings, Unbearable Recordings, Addictech, Seed Records, and more.
Cursor Miner’s live performances have been squarely aimed at the dance floor, aiming to make both body and mind bust moves with equal vigour. Clubbers’ crania are exploded and their limbs are enjerked via a combination of chunky acid riffs, tight punchy beats and digitally discombobulated punk-scat vocals.
He has performed live sets in fifteen countries, in varied venues such as a Bohemian hilltop castle, a Soviet nuclear bunker, a disused London underground station, a Norfolk windmill, and the former headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Legendary festival appearances include Sonar, Latitude, Glade Festival, Unorthodox Paradox, Norberg, and Bloc Weekender.
In 2010 Rob Tubb returned to academia to study Digital Signal Processing at the Center for Digital Music, Queen Mary University. Following a Masters in DSP, he obtained a PhD researching creativity, exploration and control in electronic musical instrument interfaces. During this research, the then world record for the rate of information transmitted from a human into a computer via an input device was broken, increasing by a factor of two.
After a long hiatus, to kick off 2021 Cursor Miner released his fifth album, entitled Inspiracy Theory, which is simultaneously an LP and a book. The book is a song-by-song investigation of the creative process of making the album, and a discourse upon the themes raised by the songs’ lyrics. These include leadership, mental health, intelligence, political polarisation, rationality, the intersections between science and art, internet addiction, clean energy, transportation, artificial intelligence, music technology, consciousness and platonic reality. The central thrust of the project is to probe the crisis of inspiration in the 21st century, investigating inspiration’s positive and negative aspects.