Every new generation of Samsung smartphone since 2011 has come with a reimagining of their distinctive Over the Horizon ringtone. For 2018, they’ve dialled up the classiness to 11 as they’ve gotten Icelandic composer Pétur Jónsson to compose the new ringtone that will appear on the Galaxy S9, S9+ and most likely the Galaxy Note 9 later on in the year.

The native of Reykjavik, Iceland is a celebrated composer and producer who is renowned for his exquisite compositions that have graced commercials, television series and film trailers across the planet.

His delicate touch is apparent in the latest rendition of Over the Horizon with a beautifully simple piano solo that gradually gets layered on with a lustrously rich and deep orchestral ensemble. Rather than the brassy exuberance of last year’s rendition, this year’s version of Over the Horizon is a dignified, sweeping affair that gently builds up in scope to a majestic crescendo.

You likely won’t get the whole 3 minute and 54 second performance of Over the Horizon as a ringtone. You’ll likely get a snippet of it as part of the new Galaxy S9 ringtone  but if there’s something you have to do tonight, it’s to listen to the whole tune in all its glory.

The new ringtone is serendipitous seeing as the Galaxy S9 will retain one of the most established and important standards in smartphones – a 3.5mm audio jack. It also, if the grapevine is to be believed, will come with stereo speakers, something the Galaxy series phones has historically lacked. If so, it the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will likely make an acoustically entertaining debut this coming 25 February at MWC 2018.


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