Longing for Orpheus
Longing for Orpheus

Somnia Video Contest

Contest ended 1/5/13 - congratulations and Thanks to winners Garreth Davies and Derrick Ogletree! Here are their entries:

Contest details and official rules are archived below...

Contest ends/Entries due by: January 15, 2013

Create a music video to win one of 5 autographed copies of Somnia!

The complete official rules are below, but here's the contest in a nutshell:

  • Create a video using one of the songs from Somnia or OtherSong, and upload it to YouTube. (Even if you've never made a video, the fact that you can read this means you probably have the tools to make one...check out the "How to Get Started" section below.)
    • You can use still images, video footage, animation, or any combination. Your video can be as simple a slideshow, or as complex as a big-label music video...
    • If you use any content you didn't make yourself, make sure it's in the public domain or covered by a free-to-use license (like a Creative Commons license), or get written permission from whoever did create it (a scan of a signed permission form is fine). Be sure to describe your sources in the video description.
    • Include "Longing for Orpheus" and the song title in the video itself, the video title, or the video description (at least two of the three).
  • Send a link to your video "contest@orphicmusic.com"
  • You can submit any number of videos, but you can only win once.
  • The 5 winning submissions will receive a CD copy Somnia, autographed my some of the musicians who performed on the album. (At present, the CDs are two autographs short of a full set...I hope to have everyone sign them by the time the contest ends, but can’t promise that it will happen).
  • If you've already made a video that fits the contest rules, you can still submit it! In other words, it doesn't have to be a video you made after the contest began.
  • For legal reasons, the contest is only open to residents of the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada. Sorry :(

How to Get Started


There are many, many movie-making applications out there, but here are the basic, user-friendly options you probably already have, depending on your operating system:


If you want to make a video, but don't have a camera or any ideas of what to photograph or film, the internet can help. Here are a few of the many sources of free-to-use photos and videos you could use:

  • The Internet Archive hosts a huge collection of movies, many of which are public domain or Creative Commons licensed (each video's page has a note telling you what the rights status is).
  • The stock.xchng is a source for free to use images...you could make slide shows for every song on both albums from this collection, and hardly scratch it's surface. There are a few different license options they can use, so be sure to check the license on any image you want to use.
  • XStockVideo.com provides beautiful stock video footage for exactly this kind of project. They sell HD copies, but the 'web size' versions are, and that's all you need for this project!

Just try a Google search for terms like "free to use," "public domain," and "creative commons," along with "images" or "video," and you'll find that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Somnia Video Contest

Official Rules


The Somnia Video Contest (the “Contest”), sponsored by Orphic Music (the “Sponsor”), is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Canada, who are over the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction and who have internet access. The following individuals are not eligible: any person who participated in the creation of the sound recording entitled “Somnia” which is associated with UPC 7-00261-81362-2 (the “Album”), including but not limited to persons credited in the liner notes of Album and any immediate family member of a Contributor (including any spouse, parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings and step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses). No purchase of or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase the chance of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local laws.

How To Enter

Between the dates of December 1, 2012 and January 15, 2013 (the “Contest Duration”), send an e-mail (the “Missive”) to contest@orphicmusic.com, the body of which contains a URL link to a video (the “Video”) of your creation, and the subject field of which contains the phrase ‘video contest’. The Missive and the Video to which the link included in the Missive leads shall be collectively deemed the “Submission”. The person sending the Missive shall be deemed the “Entrant”. The Submission must meet these requirements:

  • The Video must be hosted on YouTube.com (“YouTube”).
  • The Video must not violate YouTube’s Terms of Service.
  • The audio content of the Video must be a full-length song from among those included on the Sponsor’s sound recordings entitled “OtherSong” (UPC 8-84502-06718-7) or “Somnia” (UPC 7-00261-81362-2). Inclusion in the Video of additional audio material, or editing of the Sponsor’s audio material, may cause a Submission to become void, at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
  • The visual content of the Video must be (a) of the Entrant’s own creation, or (b) verifiably in the public domain, or (c) accompanied by explicit permission for use in the Video by the intellectual property owner of the content, free of royalties or any other consideration, or (d) some combination of (a), (b), and (c).
  • The name “Longing for Orpheus” and the title of the song used as the audio content of the Video must be included in at least two of the following three: (a) the visual content of the Video, (b) the title of the Video as presented on YouTube, (c) and the description of the Video as presented on YouTube.
  • The Video’s description field on YouTube and the body of the Missive must include a description of all sources of the visual content of the Video. If a Submission’s Video includes content in the public domain, its Missive must include the source of the content and evidence that the content is in fact in the public domain. If a Submission’s Video includes content created by a third party (not the Entrant), and which not in the public domain, the Submission’s Missive must include copies of all relevant permissions obtained to use this content. This includes, without limitation, permission from the videographer, as well as name and likeness permissions from any person (and their parent or legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence) who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any Entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Submission null and void.
  • The Video must not be excessively derogatory or offensive in any way, as determined solely by the Sponsor.
  • The Video must not promote any unsafe or dangerous behavior, as determined solely by the Sponsor.
  • The Video must not deliberately defame, misrepresent, or disparage any individual or entity.
  • The Video must not identify or represent, in name or likeness, any individual, living or dead, without written permission.
  • The Video must not infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to intellectual property rights.
  • The Video must no violate any law.

Each Entrant may submit an unlimited number of Submissions, but can only win once. Entrants may submit any Video created prior to or during the Contest Duration, provided that Video conforms with these Official Rules.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and remove any Video and/or any Entrant whose Submission includes a Video which is deemed, in the Sponsor’s discretion, in violation of any requirements included in these Official Rules. By participating, each Entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Entries.

Entrant will retain ownership of his/her Submission(s). However, by entering this Contest, Entrant grants Sponsor a royalty-free license to copy, reproduce, publish, distribute, exploit, and use Submission(s), in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to Entrant or any third party. By entering this Contest, Entrant represents and warrants that the above described license to the Sponsor does not violate any third party rights or agreements. Entrant hereby waives any claim that the Entrant may otherwise now or hereafter have in any jurisdiction based on “moral rights” or “droit moral” or unfair competition law in respect of Sponsor’s use of any Submission as authorized by these Official Rules. Entrants also agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim or lawsuit against Sponsor on grounds that any use of the Entry as authorized by these Official Rules infringes or violates any rights of any Entrants. All taxes relating to the participation in this Contest or the awarding of prizes are the responsibility of Entrant.

Judging and Prizes

The contest will be judged by Derek Smootz (the “Judge”). Judge’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest, without right of appeal. Between January 16, 2013 and January 30, 2013, Judge will select, from among Videos included in valid Submissions, five (5) winning Videos. Judge will base selection of winning Videos on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Overall impact
  • Creativity
  • Production quality
  • Synergy between audio and visual content

Each Entrant whose Submission includes a winning Video (“Winner”) will receive a copy of Album on compact disc, with cover liner autographed by some or all of the musicians whose performances are included on Album (the “Prize”). Each Entrant may have a maximum of one (1) winning Video. If, at the end of the Contest Duration, there are fewer than five Entrants, the number of winning Videos and the number of prizes will be will be reduced to the number of Entrants. Sponsor reserves the right to name additional Winners and/or prizes. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Winners must reply with an acknowledgement and supply a valid mailing address within two weeks of being notified of their winning status in order to receive Prize. Each Prize will be mailed within two weeks of Sponsor receiving Winner’s acceptance. By accepting a Prize, Entrant grants permission to the Sponsor to use Entrant’s YouTube username, and Entrant’s location (including and limited to country, state/territory, and city), without consideration to Entrant or any other entity.

General Terms and Conditions

For Entrants from the United States and Canada: By participating, each Entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize.

For Entrants from the United Kingdom: By participating, each Entrant agrees, with the exception of death or personal injury caused by negligence or other damage, loss, or injury caused by Sponsor’s negligence, breach of these Official Rules or other default, to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor in respect of any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity or the entrant’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Videos, or the announcement of the prizes. Sponsor is also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Submissions will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, subject only to the approval of the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (“Regie”) in Quebec, Canada, to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the judging procedure outlined above. All personal information collected by Sponsor may will not be shared with any other party.

The Sponsor, with the consent of the Regie, reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest or to amend these Official Rules without prior notice or obligation, in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error or any kind.

Governing Law

Except where in violation of local law, Contest is governed by the laws of the state of Texas, United States. All claims relating in any manner to this Contest or to any Submission must be resolved in the federal or state courts located in Hays County, Texas. The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in Hays County, Texas. Any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to this Contest or these Official Rules must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose regardless of any law to the contrary. In the event any such claim or cause of action is not filed within such one (1) year period, such claim or cause of action shall be forever barred, except where superseded by local law. If any provision of these Official Rules shall be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law and the parties' fundamental intentions hereunder, and the remaining provisions shall not be affected or impaired, provided, however, that in such cases the parties oblige themselves to use their best efforts to achieve the purpose of the invalid provision by a new legally valid stipulation.

For Quebec residents: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Regie for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of the prize may be submitted to the Regie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.


Orphic Music, 245 Prairie Verbena, Kyle, TX, 78640

Request for Rules and/or Winners’ List

For a list of winners names, or official rules, send your request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Sponsor by May 1, 2013. Canadian residents may omit return postage. Vermont residents may omit return postage for requests of Official Rules.

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