Samsung’s Over The Horizon ringtone is perhaps the most well-known in the world today, due in part to the sheer number of smartphones the company has sold in recent years. Over The Horizon really came into its own with the strings-heavy version that debuted on the Galaxy S5, and Samsung has offered fresh takes on the tune each year by inviting popular musicians and composers. This time around, Samsung turned to elementary school students in the Netherlands for a “digital” reimagining of Over the Horizon.
Over The Horizon digitally reworked by school kids
As part of the ‘Digital Composing in Class’ competition, which “aimed to widen the scope of musical education in the nation,” Samsung tasked schoolchildren for coming up with their own versions of Over The Horizon. The best one was from a group of sixth-grade students from Ichthusschool, an elementary school in Nijkerk, and it was chosen for the simplicity, engaging melody, and “peaceful atmosphere.” The ringtone was composed using a tablet app that Samsung isn’t naming, but the final take was performed by Metropole Orkest, a Grammy-winning orchestra. Metropole Orkest also performed four other ringtones that were shortlisted in the final round of the competition.
And the winning tone is certainly a calm and soothing one, with the primary tune being played on a harp to the very end. Could it be the default ringtone on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9? Probably not, as it wouldn’t be loud enough to be audible in noisy environments, though we can certainly expect it to be loaded as an alternative version of Over The Horizon in the ringtone selection menu.
Use the player below to listen to the tune. The rest of the ringtones can be heard here.