Students from an elementary school in Nijkerk have been announced as the winners of a contest put on by Samsung, tasking children to reinterpret its iconic Over The Horizon ringtone. The contest, Digital Composing in Class, was a part of Samsung Electronics Benelux partnership with Dutch organization Méér Muziek in de Klas Foundation. It involved more than 1000 students from each of the Netherlands' twelve provinces. The triumphant sixth-grade class overcame five other groups in a final round that was held at the Royal Concert Hall and judged by professional music experts who lauded the winning rendition's simplicity, melody, and "peaceful atmosphere. As a reward for their efforts, the students were awarded a trophy for the "Best Ringtone in the Netherlands." The performance of each competing variation of Over The Horizon was put on by the well-known jazz and pop orchestra, Metropole Orkest.
Leading up to the event, Samsung provided no fewer than 36 workshops centering around the art of digital composition. Méér Muziek in de Klas Foundation and Samsung also provided reference material recorded by Metropole Orkest to inspire the students, along with worksheets and instruction cards to enable the use of both analog and digital composing. However, preparing the music for use in the competition came down to each group learning to use a composing application that had been provided on a tablet. That allowed students the opportunity to experiment with variations on each measure of the ringtone and to add their own style. Some entries also included lyrics or voices which were either spoken or sung.
Ordinarily, Samsung only lets its factory-default ringtone undergo this type of transformation during the process of preparing a new version for a new Android handset or phablet. Although the company doesn't expressly mention that to be the case here, it is always a possibility and that has led to some speculation. The company is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in just a month's time. That leaves plenty of wiggle room for the song, as played by Metropole Orkest, to make an appearance as either the standard ringtone or as an extra option available to users.