Atlantis by Clifford White

Album review
12 March 2017
Atlantis by Clifford White

Atlantis review by John Olsen, New Age Music World (September 2010)

Creative talent and new age music are equal terms in reference to the many creative and influential musicians producing music today. This can be said of every music influence available today of course, and like every genre, new age music had a group of select artists in the primordial years whose earlier influences formed the inception and foundation of the genre.

Clifford White is a musician living in the United Kingdom defining our new age music genre then and this is true today. His biography as a musician began during an era when there was much less of a foundation to build upon and had to rely primarily on his own creative intuition as a vital resource. Clifford White’s inception into the new age genre first emerged in 1985 at age 17 when he released a phenomenal album entitled Ascension which quickly established Clifford as a leading composer and producer whose music greatly influenced our genre in the early years.

Atlantis is the 2010 MG Music label release Clifford White has just produced in his present day Sanctuary Studio in St. Albans, Hertfordshire and it is great news to know Clifford White’s talent for producing outstanding music and creative intuition during modern times is just as ingenious today as in earlier years. Currently he presides over his multi faceted 21st Century New Media Ltd business which specializes in media consultation of Internet, film, software, television and media related training courses. In addition to his musician website he also hosts the New Age Music News website and his presence in the new age music genre today remains on the forefront.

Clifford White has made Atlantis into an exciting electronic composition based in theme on the lost underwater city adventures first recounted in the writings of Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato. Knowing Clifford has made explorations of his own by using a broad range of influences and innovations with every successive album, these novel synthesizer effects translate into a modern Progressive album that reaches Epic and Cinematic proportions while recounting the ancient city lost beneath the waters.

AtlantisAtlantis ( Title Song ) is the Epic first of 11 exploratory melodies on this Electronic expedition transcending folklore of the past into a new modern day chronicle overflowing with depth and creative imagination.

One innovation of many on this release is the unique metrical timing by using the middle C note on piano. Balanced with precision, this synchronized rhythm gives the impression of a heart beating with adventurous excitement while the main keyboard melody and regal orchestration begin to herald in this majestic opening song.

Catacombs has a more mysterious allure given the ever present key changes made throughout the keyboard melody with percussion timing and synthesizer enhancements furthering this deeper realm in atmosphere like the dreamy sequences in moderately timed song Xtasea.

The Kingdom has Contemporary guitar rhythms along with an energetic beat illustrating a brighter atmosphere while shedding new light onto the mysterious underwater city, while the Groove qualities in Time Tunnels with percussion accents also maintain the traits given by these more modern progressive qualities.

Voice of the Aegean with a gentle guitar melody resembles the lighter variation of calm like on the song Summit which conveys relaxing qualities by a more moderate tempo. Ascendant & Exodus are comprised of prominent synthesizer surroundings with percussion sequences of bells, woodblock and xylophone.

The epic music heard in New World begin to surface during the first measures when beautiful orchestrations by horns and choir vocals infuse classic imagery of the legendary kingdom of antiquity for which this theme is based upon and just like a paradox, Atlantis the album was composed with a more modern ideology but where they share common traits by their amazing stories and early foundations that had first began on solid ground.

Picture copyright BigStockPhoto – Dirk Paessler

September 2010 | John Olsen at New Age Music World
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Classical Beauty
First To Love // The Lifespring
  1. First To Love // The Lifespring
  2. Journey’s End // Ascension
  3. Hallowed Ground // Ascension
  4. Music Box Lullaby // Ascension
  5. Ascension // Ascension
  6. Arrival // Twilight Paradise
  7. Church of Light // Ascension
  8. Mr. Elemental // Ascension
  9. The Calling // Ascension
  10. Golden Sunrise // Ascension
  11. The Last Snows of Winter // The Lifespring
  12. Inspirations // Nature's Symphony
  13. The Never Ending Dream // Revelation
  14. Transmigrations // Nature's Symphony
  15. Tears of Innocence // Revelation
  16. Worlds in Motion // Nature's Symphony
  17. Revelation // Revelation
  18. The Golden Years // Nature's Symphony
  19. The Blessed // Revelation
  20. Forevergreen // Revelation
  21. Rapture // Revelation
  22. Eternity’s Ocean // Revelation
  23. Into Infinity // Revelation
  24. The Journey Begins // Revelation
  25. Poseidon // The Gods of Olympus
  26. Reawakening // The Healing Touch
  27. Hermes // The Gods of Olympus
  28. New World // Atlantis
  29. Eternity // The Healing Touch
  30. The Power Within // The Healing Touch
  31. Ares // The Gods of Olympus
  32. Atlantis // Atlantis
  33. Aphrodite // The Gods of Olympus
  34. Gods of Olympus // The Gods of Olympus