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Our store offers work by Richard Baily, Jordan Belson, John Buchanan, Mary Ellen Bute, Charles Dockum, Jules Engel, Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Man Ray, Jurgen Reble, Richard Reeves, Hans Richter, Elias Romero, Robert Seidel, Barry Spinello, Stan VanDerBeek, Joshua White, Thomas Wilfred and others.


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Visual Music from the CVM Archive
Belson, Bute, Dockum, Engel, Spinello

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new dvd dockumbelsonbute

NEW CVM DVD: Visual Music 1947-1986, from CVM archive (2017 release). 13 rare films by Jordan Belson, Mary Ellen Bute, Jules Engel, Charles Dockum and Barry Spinello. Featuring pre-computer abstraction, using a variety of techniques including early oscilloscope experiments, color organs, hand-drawn sound, animation drawn directly on film, painted scrolls, and optical printing. Films from the archive of Center for Visual Music. "We need a new kinetic, visual art form - one that unites sound, color and form." - Mary Ellen Bute, 1936. NTSC, region-free, 78 minutes. ISBN 978-0-9764320-0-5. Images above from Charles Dockum, Jordan Belson and Mary Ellen Bute films. Title list, film notes and more here


Private home use $30

Institutions $200 Classroon and library use only.Does not include rights for any public exhibition or screenings



new lye dvd NEW Colour Box: 19 Films from Len Lye (2016 release). 19 films, made between 1929 to 1979. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Len Lye Foundation and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision launch the first comprehensive DVD collection of experimental films by Len Lye. Features Tusalava (1929), A Colour Box (1935), Rainbow Dance (1936), N or NW (1937), Trade Tattoo (1937), Free Radicals (1958), Colour Cry (1952), Particles in Space (1979), and more, plus early stop-motion films Experimental Animation (1933) and Birth of a Robot (1936). Several lesser-known films appear in restored form, including Life’s Musical Minute (1953) and the majestic All Souls Carnival (1957). $30, PAL, very limited quantity. Includes booklet on Lye and the films.

link $30.  Does not include rights for public exhibition


Jordan Belson: 5 Essential Films DVD (2007). Contains Allures, Samadhi, Light, Fountain of Dreams (never before released) and Epilogue. 1961 - 2005. "Jordan Belson is one of the greatest artists of visual music. Belson creates lush vibrant experiences of exquisite color and dynamic abstract phenomena evoking sacred celestial experiences." (Film historian William Moritz). Curated by Belson, Produced/Released by CVM, 2007. NTSC, Region-free. Approx 45 mins. More information about the films on the DVD is here

"These five films by Jordan Belson, representing his early, middle, and later periods, are essential for three reasons: the early classics were breakthrough masterpieces, the previously unreleased "Fountain of Dreams" is a dazzling revelation from the middle period, and the shimmering "Epilogue" from 2005 makes it clear that the master still has the spark of genius, breathing new life into the vocabulary he has developed over more than a half-century of visionary filmmaking." - Film Historian Gene Youngblood

Private home use ONLY, $25.  No public exhibition is permitted

Institutions $150 (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or any type of museum/gallery exhibitions. By ordering you agree to these terms)


of dvd Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films DVD (2006) CVM Release

Films include Spirals, Study Nr. 6, Study Nr. 7, Kreise (Circles), Allegretto, Radio Dynamics, Motion Painting no. 1; plus three of Fischinger's very first films: Wax Experiments, Spiritual Constructions, and Walking from Munich to Berlin. Bonus features include Home Movies from Fischinger's Berlin Studio c. 1931, never-released early experiments and animation tests, a selection of paintings and photographs, film notes and a biography. NTSC, region-free. $30 private home use, $200 institutions. (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or museum/gallery exhibitions)

of dvd Private home use ONLY, $30. No other permissions are included, no public exhibition permitted.

Purchase for University or Library use: $200. Use this link to order for institutions, with a limited educational license (classroom and library use only, no other public performance or exhibition rights included)


2nd dvd The second Oskar Fischinger DVD - Planned 2017 release (we are fundraising for completion funds now). Contains Composition in Blue, Muratti Greift Ein, Study no. 5, Study no. 8, Squares, Coloratura, Swiss Trip, much more. New restored prints and HD transfers. TRAILER



81 minute DOCUMENTARY on DVD: LUMIA: Thomas Wilfred and The Story of Light Art

Lumia is the story of Thomas Wilfred and the birth of light art. Wilfred captivated audiences throughout the 1920's and 30's with his sensational projected light shows, named Lumia. Wilfred spent his later years making automated versions of his work and executing commissions for private collectors and museums. Includes segments on artists Charles Dockum, Chris Sidenius, Mary Hallock Greenewalt, and Earl Reiback. Includes a brief clip from CVM's restoration of a 1952 Dockum Mobilcolor performance film.

FEATURING Interviews with and commentary by: Craig Antrim, Kerry Brougher, Fred Collopy, Dorothy Conway, Greta Dockum, Eugenia Victoria Ellis, A.J. Epstein, Eugene Epstein, Nancy Frederick, Lawrence Friedman, Hal Glicksman, Robert Haller, Cindy Keefer, Richard Land, Terry Montlick, Otto Piene, Earl Reiback, Jack Shor, Kathleen Sciacca, Christian Sidenius, Steve Smith, George Stadnik, Donna Stein, Karole Vail, Judith Zilczer. Directed by Meredith Finkelstein and Paul Vlachos, 13Bit Prods.. 81 mins, 2008 release. BACK IN STOCK

Private home use $30.         Institutions $100. (Classroom and Library Use, does not include public performance rights)



Len Lye: Rhythm PAL DVD. Len Lye was a major figure in experimental filmmaking and a pioneer of direct animation, as well as a leading kinetic sculptor and an innovative theorist, painter and writer. The DVD contains films from 1935-1960: A Colour Box, Kaleidoscope, Birth of the Robot, Rainbow Dance, Trade Tattoo, Colour Flight, Swinging the Lambeth Walk, Colour Cry, Rhythm, Free Radicals, Particles in Space and Tal Farlow. Includes 28-page booklet with texts by David Curtis, Roger Horrocks and Len Lye on his films. Published by Re:Voir.

$40 private home use $200 Institutions. (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or exhibitions)


Stan VanDerBeek: Visibles PAL DVD. Contains films from 1959-1972: Science Friction, A La Mode, Breathdeath, Poemfield No. 2, Achooo Mr. Kerrooschev, See Saw Seams, Panels for the Walls of the Worlds, Oh and Symmetricks. Published by Re:Voir.

$40 private home use $200 Institutions. (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or exhibitions)


Kurt Schwerdtfeger (Bauhaus Weimar): Reflektorische Farblichtspiele: PAL DVD(2010).Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s 1922 Reflektorische Farblichtspiele [Reflecting Colour-Light-Play] was originally conceived as a play for one of the famous Bauhaus Lantern Festivals. It premiered at the Kandinsky home and revolutionised the spatial aspect of 20th century sculpture; it is a predecessor of light art and light shows. Consequently, the Play was re-discovered and re-staged in the 1960s. This DVD for the first time includes both the re-staged 1966 performance (no recordings of the 1922/23 ones exist) and a short documentary about the apparatus used for the Play, plus an extensive interview with Schwerdtfeger’s son about the reconstruction. A Red Avocado Films release, 2010. TRT 73 mins. Images from the Documentary.



$35 private home use, $100 Institutions. (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or exhibitions)


Hans Richter: Early Works: PAL DVD (2010). The DVD features 8 early films (1921-1929) plus the documentary "Richter on Film" by Cecile Starr (1972, 14 min). Films include Rhythmus 21, Rhythmus 23, Filmstudie, Ghosts Before Breakfast, Race Symphony, Two-Pence Magic, Inflation, and Eveything Turns, Everything Revolves. "I am still convinced today that rhythm, that is the articulation of units of time, constitutes the sensation par excellence that any expression of movement in cinematic art can give." -Hans Richter. Re:Voir release. $40 private home use, inquire re institutional sales.


Private home use, $40. Inquire re institutional purchase ($200).





5 Wilfred Lumia compositions from the Epstein Collection. DVD, 2007.

Excerpts from 5 Lumia compositions by Thomas Wilfred. Wilfred was a pioneer of Light Art, and coined the term Lumia to refer to an independent, silent art form. His Lumia compositions have recently been featured in major museum exhibitions including the Hirshhorn/MOCA LA's Visual Music, Centre Pompidou's Sons et Lumieres, Tate Liverpool - Whitney Museum's Summer of Love, and numerous others. Available for the first time on DVD are selections from Opus 161 'Untitled' (1966), Opus 140 "Visual Counterpoint" (1948), Opus 79 "Multidimensional" (1939), as well as from Clavilux Juniors nos. 91 and 95. All from the Epstein Collection. NTSC. out of stock


$30 private home use, $100 institutions. (For classroom and library use only. Does not include public performance rights, may not be used for public screenings or exhibitions)



Cinema DADA (Import - PAL). DVD plus 33 page booklet (English and French). Contains Eggeling's Symphonie Diagonale, Man Ray's Retour a la Raison and Emak Bakia, Clair/Picabia's Entr'acte, Leger/Murphy's Ballet Mecanique, Richter's Rhythmus 21, Filmstudie and Ghosts Before Breakfast. Co-produced by Re:Voir and Centre Pompidou for the recent DADA exhibition. Available in PAL only.

Private home use $40.   Institutions $200 (does not include public performance rights)

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NOTE: Institutional rates listed do not include public performance rights, only classroom and library use are permitted. Museum exhibitions do NOT fall under these categories; usage in museum or gallery exhibitions is not permitted for any of the dvds or videos sold by CVM.

Mailing address: Center for Visual Music, PO Box 39527, Los Angeles CA 90039. DVDs are also available for pickup, by appointment, in Glendale, CA

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