Samsung - Over The Horizon 2018

Samsung - Over The Horizon 2018

I'm very happy to announce a collaboration that I've been looking forward to sharing with you.

Last year, I was contacted by Samsung and offered to be their 2018 Artist Collaborator for the Over The Horizon project. Over The Horizon is the familiar melody that we have all heard, the default ringtone and brand sound of Samsung Galaxy devices, originally composed by Joong-sam Yun. 

Each generation of Samsung’s Galaxy devices comes preloaded with a fresh new take on Over The Horizon, and this year, I had the honour to make my version of what is arguably one of the most played music pieces in the world.

The creative brief was very much focused on the human side of technology. I think the official news release from Samsung puts our intentions nicely into words: 

'Each year, with each new generation of Galaxy devices, “Over the Horizon” is rearranged to mirror the aesthetic transformation of the devices themselves. For 2018, Samsung reached out to Icelandic composer Pétur Jónsson to reimagine the melody.

Delicately layering instruments, Jónsson’s minimalist arrangement takes you away on an atmospheric journey of discovery. The piece begins with the soft tones of a single piano playing the refrain. As additional instruments are gradually introduced, the sound rises to a crescendo before melting away. As the video cuts away from the opening scene of Jónsson at the piano, it prompts you to imagine travelling over the remote Icelandic countryside. Capturing the beauty of Nordic nature, the camera pans over misty mountains and jagged cliffs, steaming geysers and snow-blanketed hills.

Listening to this year’s piece by Jónsson, you will find that the notes arouse the most pure, fundamental elements of the human sentiment that often remain hidden in our daily lives. In this way, the latest version of Samsung’s brand sound has the power to relax the mind and heal the soul, thus resonating with all who hear it, regardless of their age.'

Apart from my thanks to my wonderful team of musicians, technicians and filmmakers, I would like to thank Josh Joongsam Yun, Wonjun Lee and Sun Kim, who led the work on behalf of Samsung with a huge amount of professionalism and creativity, making this a very pleasant collaboration. I can only hope that it will be liked by users around the world.

And here is the result of our collaboration: