Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower is a wild ride through an alternate yet familiar history, laced with references to pop culture, mythology, archaeology, and history. More, it’s a story about energy: electromagnetic energy, personal and collective energy, musical energy, and competing cosmic energies.
PanOrpheus creates a thoroughly engaging alternate world, one very close to our own, but a little bit skewed, like the picture of Machu Pichu at the café. The Ides of March fall on the 21st instead of the 15th; Janis Joplin wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” instead of Kris Kristofferson; the magic words in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” wind up being “Gert. Mercado. Nicto” instead of “Klaatu. Barada. Nikto” and so on.
The impetus for the gathering of powerful energy, including a Tesla Tower and a concert by Janis, Joni, and Jimi is a cyclical sunstorm called The Wind.