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.
The S Press catalog contains inconsistencies concerning alternative titles (e.g. Fast Speaking Woman by Anne Waldman contains the same material as Non-Stop); catalog-numbers (e.g. Michael Brownstein Brainstorms appears as #66 and #70); multiple catalog-numbers for one release (e.g. S Press Tape #27-28-29 John Cage Talking to Hans G Helms On Music and Politics); and alternative cover-artworks of re-issues. Some announced releases have never been published (e.g. Velimir Khlebnikov, Albrecht/d., August Stramm, William Burroughs, René Bastian, Reinhold Koehler, Rolf-Dieter Brinkmann, Bobbie Louise Hawkins). Even after in-depth research of the S Press papers (Archives of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin) and meetings with two of the original founders, Angela Koehler and Nikolaus Einhorn, these inconsistencies could only be solved to a certain extent.
If you are in possession of releases by S Press that are not listed here, or have any suggestions please get in touch with PennSound.
An extended introduction written by Marc Matter is available in PDF form: PDF
The EPC Digital Library is delighted to announce the Complete Ron Silliman Blog History: every entry 2002-2020, listed, & searchable by, topic. The full blog now archived at the EPC. Thanks to Steve McLaughlin for putting this immense resource together.
Giustina Prestento, Trasposizione grafica durante l’ascolto della ‘prima’ di PROMETEO di Luigi Nono, Venezia, 25 settembre 1984, cm 30 x 21 (Collezione Gianni e Giuseppe Garrera)
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rest in peace, Aethelred Eldridge (1930-2018)
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The Lukács Archive and Library (LAK) has been de facto closed.
After the earlier removal of books and manuscripts, on May 24 2018, the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (LIC), the owner of LAK, closed down the Archive indefinitely—until the end of planned renovation of György Lukács’ flat, which hosted the LAK—and expelled the last expert research associate. The LIC has not yet provided any relevant information, either on the reopening or on the starting date of planned renovation.
The LAK still exists de jure, and at the meeting with the delegation of LANA on 6 June 2018, László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), denied that the HAS would like to close LAK. LANA does not consider this as a result, but hopes that the leaders of HAS will assess the damage to the cause of science and the prestige of the HAS which they threaten to bring about if they are not able to deliver clarity within a reasonable period.
This remains the case even if proposed legislation, reported recently in the news, unexpectedly threatens the whole network of academia: the government wants to take relatively independent academic bodies under political control. LANA continues the struggle to preserve the LAK as a site of research, just as the HAS still stands by freedom of research.
LANA continues negotiations with the HAS, but is unable to succeed without the support of the domestic and international community of scholars. We therefore ask you to follow, observe, and support our struggle.
Budapest, 17 June 2018
Chair of the Board
lukacs.archive [at] gmail.com
Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.