Dr Oded Ben-Tal


I am a composer with complementary research interests at the intersection of Music, Cognition, and Computing. My compositions range from instrumental works to interactive pieces combining live performers with electronics, and include multimedia collaborations with artist from other domains such as video, dance, and visual design.

I studied composition with Jonathan Harvey and Brian Ferneyhough as part of my doctoral studies at Stanford University where I also worked with Jonathan Berger on research projects. Since 2016 I have been collaborating with Dr. Bob Sturm applying machine learning and AI methods to music.

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer


  • PhD (Stanford University 2002)

Teaching and learning


Oded Ben-Tal is a composer and researcher working at the intersection of music, computing, and cognition. His composition include both acoustic pieces, works combining instruments with electronics and multimedia work. Recent pieces  include Notes for a Future Self (flute, clarinet, cello and percussion; 2020) using  deep learning models in the composition process; The chamber orchestra piece Old Wine in Older Bottles - premiered in March 2019; Present Perfect (cello and live electronics written for Matt Barley; 2018). 

He was the Co-Investigator on two grants: Data science for the study of calypso-rhythm through history (DaCaRyH) funded through AHRC (UK) Labex (France) Care for the Future (AH/N504531/1) and Engaging three user communities with applications and outcomes of computational music creativity (AH/R004706/1)

Areas of specialism

  • Composition
  • Music Cognition
  • Computational Creativity
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Live, Interactive Music


Number of items: 36.


Ben-Tal, Oded, Harris, Matthew Tobias and Sturm, Bob L. (2020) How music AI is useful : engagements with composers, performers, and audiences. Leonardo Music Journal, ISSN (print) 0024-094X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Sturm, Bob L. T., Iglesias, Maria, Ben-Tal, Oded, Miron, Marius and Gomez, Emilia (2019) Artificial intelligence and music : open questions of copyright law and engineering praxis. Arts, 8(3), p. 115. ISSN (online) 2076-0752

Sturm, Bob L., Ben-Tal, Oded, Monaghan, Una, Collins, Nick, Herremans, Dorien, Chew, Elaine, Hadjeras, Gaetan, Deruty, Emmanuel and Pachet, Francois (2019) Machine learning research that matters for music creation : a case study. Journal of New Music Research, 48(1), pp. 36-55. ISSN (print) 0929-8215

Sturm, Bob L. and Ben-Tal, Oded (2017) Taking the models back to music practice : evaluating generative transcription models built using deep learning. Journal of Creative Music Systems, 2(1), ISSN (online) 2399-7656

de Fleurian, Remi, Blackwell, Tim, Ben-Tal, Oded and Müllensiefen, Daniel (2017) Information-theoretic measures predict the human judgment of rhythm complexity. Cognitive Science, 41(3), pp. 800-813. ISSN (print) 0364-0213

Ben-Tal, Oded and Salazar, Diana (2014) Rethinking the musical ensemble: a model for collaborative learning in higher education music technology. Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 7(3), pp. 279-294. ISSN (print) 1752-7066

Ben-Tal, Oded and Wilkins, Caroline (2013) Improvisation as a creative dialogue. Perspectives of New Music, 51(1), pp. 21-39. ISSN (print) 0031-6016

Ben-Tal, Oded (2012) Characterising musical gestures. Musicae Scientiae, 16(3), pp. 247-261. ISSN (print) 1029-8649

Sagiv, Noam, Ilbeigi, Alireza and Ben-Tal, Oded (2011) Reflections on synaesthesia, perception, and cognition. Intellectica, 55, pp. 81-94. ISSN (print) 0769-4113

Ben-Tal, Oded and Berger, Jonathan (2004) Creative aspects of sonification. Leonardo, 37(3), pp. 229-232. ISSN (print) 0024-094X

Book Section

Ben-Tal, Oded, Sturm, Bob L., Quinton, Elio, Simonnot, Josephine and Helmlinger, Aurelie (2019) Finding music in music data : a summary of the DaCaRyH Project. In: Bader, Rolf, (ed.) Computational phonogram archiving. Cham, Switzerland : Springer Nature. pp. 191-206. (Current Research in Systematic Musicology, (5)) ISSN (print) 2196-6966 ISBN 9783030026943


Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2018) Between the Lines. (Chamber music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2018) Beginning, Middle, End. (Piano and electronic music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2018) Present Perfect. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2017) Bastard Tunes. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2017) Postcards. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2016) Sonata (Scarlatti, Schubert, Scriabin). (electronic music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2015) Metaphors of Space and of Time. (solo instrument and electronics). 1.

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2015) Non Sequitur. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer], Archibald, Rees [Vidoegrapher] and Wilkins, Caroline [Performer] (2014) Mitslalim. (Music). Revised version.

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2012) Day after day, night after night. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2012) Hypnagogic states. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2009) Music for strings. (music).

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2004) Nebulae for double woodwind quintet. (music). (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2003) Chlorophilosophy. (music). (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded [Composer] (2001) Precipitating lights. (music). (Unpublished)

Conference or Workshop Item

Polydorou, Doros, Ben-Tal, Oded, Damsma, Atser and Schlichting, Nadine (2020) VR : Time Machine. In: HCII 2020 (International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction); 19 - 24 Jul 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark (held online).

Ben-Tal, Oded (2017) Designing interaction for co-creation. In: 2nd Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity; 11 - 13 Sep 2017, Milton Keynes, U.K..

Sturm, Bob L., Santos, Joao Felipe, Ben-Tal, Oded and Korshunova, Iryana (2016) Music transcription modelling and composition using deep learning. In: 1st Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity; 17 - 19 Jun 2016, Huddersfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded and Salazar, Diana (2014) A hands-on electronic ensemble workshop. In: Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures (BIBAC); 24-26 Oct 2014, Cambridge, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded, Demianiuk, Robert, Heath, Sam, Kendall, Sam and Salazar, Diana (2014) Making music with technology: a free improvisation ensemble. In: SEMPRE Conference: Researching Music Technology in Education: Critical Insights; 03 - 04 Apr 2014, London U.K..

De Fleurian, Remi, Ben-Tal, Oded, Mullensiefen, Daniel and Blackwell, Tim (2014) Comparing perceptual and computational complexity for short rhythmic patterns. In: International Conference on Timing and Time Perception; 31 Mar - 03 Apr 2014, Corfu, Greece. ISSN (online) 1877-0428

Wilkins, Caroline and Ben-Tal, Oded (2010) The embodiment of music/sound within an multimedia performance space. In: Artech 2010: Envisioning Digital Spaces; 22-23 Apr 2010, Guimaraes, Portugal. ISBN 9789899616318

Ben-Tal, Oded and Sagiv, Noam (2010) Auditory-visual synaesthesia: investigations using dynamic sounds and spontaneous reports between sleep and wakefulness. In: 2020 Meeting of the UK Synaesthesia Association; 27 - 28 Mar 2010, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded (2009) Auditory-visual synaesthesia using dynamic sounds with changing pitch and timbre. In: Sinestesia 2009 3rd International Congress on Synaesthesia, Science & Art; 26 - 29 Apr 2009, Granada, Spain. (Unpublished)

Ben-Tal, Oded (2008) Musical toys: interactive audio for non-musicians. In: Linux Audio Conference 2008; 28 Feb - 02 Mar 2008, Cologne, Germany. (Unpublished)

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