Jordan Belson - Filmography



Still from Allures

Transmutation, 1947, 16mm, b/w (lost)
Improvisation #1, 1948, 16mm, b/w (lost). Still from 1952 AFA publication Films on Art
Mambo, 1951, 16mm, color, sound
Caravan, 1952, 16mm, color, sound
bopscotch Bop Scotch, 1952, 16mm, color, sound. Head credit: Made with Patricia Marx.
mandala Mandala, 1953, 16mm, color, sound. Available on CVM's Visual Music DVD
Raga, 1958, 16mm
seance Seance, 1959, 16mm, color, sound. Sound: Pierre Schaeffer
Allures, 1961, 16mm, color, sound. Sound: Jordan Belson and Henry Jacobs.
Re-entry, 1964, 16mm, color, sound. (Ford Foundation Fellowship). Soundtrack: Jordan Belson
Phenomena, 1965, 16mm, color, sound
Samadhi, 1967, 16mm, color, sound. (Guggenheim Fellowship).
Momentum, 1968, 16mm, color, sound (AFI Grant)
Cosmos, 1968, 16mm, color, sound
world World, 1970, 16mm, color, sound, 6 mins. Sound by Andre Vandenbroeck
Meditation, 1971, 16mm, color, sound. Available on CVM's Visual Music 1947-86 DVD
Chakra, 1972, 16mm, color, sound. Sound: Jordan Belson. Complete film available on CVM's Visual Music DVD

Light, 1973, 16mm, color, sound. Soundtrack: Jordan Belson

cycles Cycles, 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 10 min. (collaboration with Stephen Beck, AFI Grant). Sound: Stephen Beck.        Pyramid Film Notes (pdf)
MoSPheres Music of the Spheres, 1977 and 2002 versions, 16mm, color, sound (abridged version, 2002), Sound: Iasos. Pyramid Film notes (vintage). Excerpt on CVM's vimeo channel
Infinity, 1979
Fountain of Dreams, 1984 and 2007, 16mm, color, sound. Music: Franz Liszt (completed on video; released in 2007)
Northern Lights, 1985, color, sound. Sound: John Luther Adams.
Thoughtforms, 1987
mj Mysterious Journey, 1997, color, sound, 30 mins (completed on video). Music: Arya Bruce BeeVar, Dawn of Awakening; Somei Satoh, The Heavenly Spheres are Illuminated by Light; Mychael Danna, Sky 9; and Raphael, Resurrection.
Bardo, 2001, color, sound (completed on video). Music: Maggi Payne
epilogue Epilogue (completed on video), 2005, color, sound. NASA Art Program Grant, Commissioned by The Hirshhorn Museum for the 2005 Visual Music exhibition, and produced by Center for Visual Music. Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff


Special Effects

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) - work purchased for the film, not commissioned
Demon Seed (1977) - work purchased for the film, not commissioned
The Right Stuff (1983) - commissioned work


The End, Dir: Christopher Maclaine (1953)
Obmaru, Dir: Patricia Marx (1953)

Other Work

Commercial for San Francisco Chronicle, 1950s,

Vortex 5 presentation reel, 1959. Black and white fragments, silent. Preserved by CVM.

Unfinished and/or unreleased films

LSD (c. 1962), 16mm, color, sound. Sound by Jordan Belson
quartet Quartet, c. 1982, color, silent


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