Dr. Matthew Tift is a senior developer at Lullabot and host of Hacking Culture, a show about free software and collective action. He has been writing and presenting about free software, meditation, and music regularly at academic and professional conferences for two decades.
Matthew started playing violin at age 5 and learned to code (in BASIC) at age 8. For his undergraduate senior recital in 1998, he performed Steve Reich's Violin Phase with his violin and computer. He started building websites professionally in 1999 and earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He has taught music at the University of Iowa, Bemidji State University, and Aspen Country Day School, and he teaches meditation in prisons, schools, churches, and other venues.
An active member of the Drupal community, Matthew is a Drupal 8 configuration system co-maintainer, organizer of the Twin Cities DrupalCamp since 2011, and Drupal core contributor since 2010. He teaches coding with free software at various clubs and organizations to K-12 students in his local community.
In 2012, while working at Wisconsin Public Radio, he helped organize the first radio broadcast in history where radio listeners could follow the digital score of a musical work online as it was broadcast over the airwaves.
Matthew lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys cycling, meditation, yoga, and playing string quartets with his wife (viola) and two daughters (cello and violin).