Edition S Press, founded 1969 by Angela Koehler, Nikolaus Einhorn and Axel Knipschild in Hattingen near Bochum (West-Germany), was a privately funded small-press venture connected to a non-profit gallery. Angela Koehler’s brother Michael joined in 1972 and took over in 1980, running the label until his death in 2005.
The basic principle was to publish an international selection of works on audio-cassette and (many titles) reel-to-reel tape, produced in close cooperation with the authors.
Almost every work is spoken by the author, unless otherwise intended (works for multiple voices or if author is deceased).
Circulation varied with a maximum total run of around 300 copies in case of 'classics' (Raoul Hausmann, Otto Nebel) or 'stars' (Patti Smith, John Cage); this may not include later editions / re-issues.
- Marc Matter, "Edition S Press Tonbandverlag –publishing Sound Poetry and Acoustic Literature 1970–2005", 2020.