Craig Eley is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa. For the 2012-2013 academic year he is also a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow and a HASTAC Scholar. His research interests include the history of media and media technologies, American environmental history, and the history of recorded sound. His dissertation-in-progress, "Making Silence Audible: Sound, Nature, Technology, 1890-1970" is a cultural history of "nature records," publicly available sound recordings that presented listeners with recordings of the natural world. In addition to his academic work, Craig has written about, performed, and promoted music within and beyond the Iowa City area. He is currently working with the HASTAC online community and the Soundbox team at Duke University to explore ways to incorporate music and sound into academic publication.