Detroit Bureau of Sound

experimental music is the message and we are the soapbox. Since 2016 DBS has produced unique concert experiences throughout the motor city. we are home to many projects and love to rep the work of our collaborators. if you ever want to talk about sound, make sure you find our contact page

background: Myles Emmons visuals for YAK's 2017 "Bos Mutus" 


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Established in Detroit's 315th year



upcoming EVENTS


Strange beautiful music 2018

New Music Detroit's 11th annual contemporary music marathon! (Second year produced and curated by DBS!)
Strange Beautiful Music is a marathon concert that runs the gamut of experimental music - from contemporary classical and "out" jazz to free improvisation, world music, electronica, and beyond. 3 venues in 2 days with 15 hours of music - September 14th at the Charles Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, then September 15th at the DSO Cube. 

~3-6:30pm @ Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History~
3pm Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet
4pm Akropolis Reed Quintet
5pm The Tia Imani Hanna Project
5:50pm Maria Chavez

~9/14: 7-9:30pm @ Detroit Institute of Arts**~
7pm James Cornish Light Opera
8:30pm Marcus Elliot's Beyond Rebellious Ensemble

~2-11pm @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra CUBE~
2pm Betsy Soukup
3pm Detroit Composers Project
4pm Whoopknox
5pm Contemporary Directions (UMich)
6pm ONO
7pm Subtle Degrees (New Amsterdam)
8pm Synergistic Mythologies (Efe Bes, Bryce Detroit, Onyx Ashanti, Ian Tran)
9pm New Music Detroit
10pm saajtak

**The Friday evening portion of #SBM2018 in the Rivera Court at the DIA will be free and open to the public, except for VIP ticket holders (reserved seat with VIP tickets only)

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2018 album: Bardo

In Tibetan Buddhism, Bardo is the state of existence between death and rebirth, varying in length according to a person's conduct in life and manner of death. Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, literally translates to "Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State". 

YAK's 2018 "Bardo" soundtracks a journey between this life and the next. Avant Music News says "Two-thirds of YAK is classically trained, and from a virtuosity point of view, it shows. But Bardo does not sound like any form of music coming from the conservatory. Instead, this trio uses their skills to explore the gray areas between genres in a novel and jarring fashion."


released February 27, 2018
Yuri Popowycz: violin, bass viola da gamba, field recordings // Zac Brunell: cymbals, moog // Jonah Raduns-Silverstein: octatrack, effects, dub // Recorded and mixed by Jonah Raduns-Silverstein at Assemble Sound, Detroit // Mastered by Eddie Logix

Listen to Bardo on Bandcamp / Spotify and all streaming platforms

Big thanks to Steve Stavropoulos for this incredible video for "Deep Valley Genesis"


Photos from The Ottolab
(Karl Otto is our Very Important Photographer in residence)

David Ledoux, cello
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Zac Brunell, percussion
Detroit Bureau of Sound

Yuri Popowycz, violin
Michigan Opera Theatre

Dennis Nulty, tuba
Detroit Symphony Orchestra


DBS Techno Ensemble

Detroit Bureau of Sound is a 4-piece techno ensemble that pays homage to the great masters of Detroit electronica. Bridging the gap between the concert hall and the warehouse rave with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre. A band like none other. Read more...