Whenever you boot up a new Samsung phone and head over to the music library, you’ll discover there’s a track already there – it’s referred to as Over The Horizon, and it’s the official ‘anthem’ or jingle for the Galaxy S telephones. When you’ve ever owned a Galaxy cellphone, you’ll in all probability acknowledge the tune’s central motif.
Every iteration of Over The Horizon is completely different, by way of instrumentation, tone and size, however they’re all written round a six-note motif, which is woven into every model of the jingle in several methods.
So forward of the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch, let’s go on somewhat historical past lesson, and hearken to 10 years of catchy tunes.
Over The Horizon 2011 (Samsung Galaxy S2)
The unique Over The Horizon for the Samsung Galaxy S2 defines the primary few variations of it – it’s upbeat, poppy, makes use of a busy instrumentation (with actual and digital devices), and appears like it might match proper in to The Sims soundtrack.
The theme for this unique model was ‘Past Sensible Expertise’ and it’s as quaintly optimistic as all of us had been again then. The motif is repeated many times, even performed in somewhat guitar solo part-way by means of.
With a jolly tone and quick tempo, this model of the theme was the right alarm track, because it kicked your day without work to an excellent begin – though maybe it sounds loads higher by means of your pc or cellphone audio system now in comparison with these on the Galaxy S2.
Over The Horizon 2012 (Samsung Galaxy S3)
The primary reimagining of Over The Horizon begins fairly tender, with extra acoustic devices like strings and pitched percussion carrying it for the primary minute, till a wider string part and piano soar in later.
In comparison with the opposite first few years of Over The Horizon, it’s a little bit of an outlier by way of instrumentation and tone, however that’s the purpose of the entire ‘reinterpretation’ train, in spite of everything.
The theme for the track was ‘Designed by People’ – that’s to not say robots or aliens wrote the opposite variations, however Samsung’s total design philosophy for the Galaxy S3 was to make it appear extra man-made and artisanal. The dearth of obviously-digital devices attests to this.
Over The Horizon 2013 and 2014 (Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5)
The third model of Over The Horizon, debuted in 2013 with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and used once more with the Galaxy S5 the 12 months after, bears greater than a passing resemblance to the unique model.
The track, written to the imprecise theme ‘Life Companion’, begins sluggish with synths and pianos, earlier than slowly constructing as much as a crescendo with busy instrumentation. There’s what appears like a guitar, strings, drums, piano, and extra. It’s additionally probably the most distinctly-structured piece, transferring between themes and variations of the unique motif.
It’s not exhausting to think about this model of the track accompanying a climactic second in a movie, however the ‘Sims soundtrack’ vibe is right here too. This piece would undoubtedly work within the trailer although.
Over The Horizon 2015 (Samsung Galaxy S6)
Primarily based on quite a few YouTube feedback below all of the Over The Horizon movies (admittedly, not essentially a dependable supply, however the most effective we will do), the Samsung Galaxy S6 model of the track is the most well-liked.
The piece begins sluggish, with a tender harp rendition of the motif, and it takes loads longer to construct up than the earlier variations, solely bringing percussion and a full orchestra in after two minutes. It’s definitely not as clearly upbeat because the 2013 model, harkening extra to the 2012 track.
That is the final piece in what we’re deeming the ‘Sims period’, signified by jolly items that might match proper into the soundtrack of simulator video video games (and different issues, clearly). Issues get bizarre from right here.
Over The Horizon 2016 (Samsung Galaxy S7)
The 2016 Over The Horizon begins off regular sufficient, with the motif performed instantly, however then we get a fast drum break, a jazzy brass concord, and the primary human vocals of the songs, all within the first 10 seconds.
This rendition of the track was written and carried out by Soiled Loops, a jazz-funk group from Sweden, and marks a dramatic departure from the earlier songs.
It’s cool to see the unique motif offered in a jazzy manner, and if Samsung was trying to go in a brand new path with the Samsung Galaxy S7’s model of the piece, this is without doubt one of the finest iterations we may have anticipated.
Over The Horizon 2017 (Samsung Galaxy S8)
Over The Horizon in 2017 was written by artist Jacob Collier, and he appears to be entering into the same path to Soiled Loops – that is one other jazz-funk tackle the piece, though it definitely leans extra on the latter of these two phrases, with some slap bass thrown in for good measure.
Like the unique model of the track, Collier’s leans closely on the motif, singing it repeatedly all through the piece. There’s additionally an ever-changing instrument lineup with keyboards, guitars, layered vocals, a mouth keyboard and extra becoming a member of and leaving the piece at varied intervals.
Samsung’s ‘jazz-funk’ section lasted solely two years, and it was a disgrace to see it go, as a result of eclectic items like these made for nice alarms or ringtones.
Over The Horizon 2018 (Samsung Galaxy S9)
Now we enter Samsung’s ‘pure’ section, of items impressed by nature. This primary one takes the listener on an ‘atmospheric journey of discovery’, in keeping with the video description.
The track begins with a piano taking part in the motif, and variations on it, earlier than an orchestra joins in midway by means of the piece. It’s finest to pay attention together with the video embedded above, because the music fits the visuals.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 model of Over The Horizon marked one other dramatic shift within the path of the songs, and one may argue the brand new items had been much less helpful as alarms and higher fitted to ringtones, as a consequence of their tender opening. Nonetheless, in the event you like being woken up frivolously as a substitute of by a full digital orchestra, this model might be higher for you.
Over The Horizon 2019 (Samsung Galaxy S10)
The Samsung Galaxy S10’s ringtone was impressed by, because the accompanying video makes patently clear, water and oceans. Nice for individuals who like natural-sounding music, dangerous for folks with thalassophobia (worry of the ocean).
The piece makes use of strings, piano and woodwind to create one thing of a soundscape, although one which has the motif popping its head up from time to time in varied methods. In direction of the tip, the piece harkens again to the primary few variations of Over The Horizon, with a percussion part and piano resulting in an elevated tempo.
Over The Horizon 2020 (Samsung Galaxy S20)
Final 12 months’s reimagining of Over The Horizon is once more nature-themed, however it takes us to dry land (effectively, land, although there’s a lot of water nonetheless). The primary minute or so of the piece is fully pure sounds, like operating water and birdsong, so it’s excellent for individuals who like a tender wake-up.
The piece total resembles ambient music greater than it does a ringtone, with the tempo and full instrumentation solely actually choosing up within the final minute of the piece. There are some strings and a piano, however it feels just like the nature-inspired sounds firstly are the true star of the piece.
We don’t hear the unique motif an excessive amount of on this interpretation of Over The Horizon, because it solely exhibits its head from time to time. It will be somewhat exhausting to coach birds to sing the factor although, or for water to run in that individual rhythm, so we’re not stunned.
Over The Horizon 2021 (Samsung Galaxy S21)
The most recent model of Over The Horizon technically hasn’t been unveiled but on the time of writing – we’re ready on the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch for that – however it has been leaked. We don’t know if that is the complete track, or only one a part of it, however it offers us a glimpse on the path Samsung goes in.
Properly, Samsung isn’t ‘entering into a path’ as a lot because it’s ‘staying in the identical path’, as a result of that is one other tender and delicate model of the piece.
The explanation we’re undecided if that is the complete model of Over The Horizon, or only one a part of it, is as a result of there’s just one instrument – a piano. It’s somewhat just like the 2018 model in that sense, however with out the orchestra showing part-way by means of.
The unique motif is barely current within the track, showing extra in harmonies and variations on the theme, than because the theme itself. That may make most sense if the piano was accompanied by different devices which took the melody, although maybe Samsung simply wished to chill out on the long-lasting six-note soundbite for a 12 months.