Vernian Process

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Vernian Process
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Vernian Process performing at Steamstock in Richmond, CA, October 7, 2012.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Steampunk, neoclassical dark wave, dark ambient (early), industrial, gothic rock, avant-garde
Years active 2003–present
Labels None
Associated acts Unwoman, Profondo Delle Tenebre, Unextraordinary Gentlemen
Website Official website
Members Joshua Pfeiffer
Martín Irigoyen
Brian Figueroa
Vincent Van Veen
Steven Farrell
Past members Janus Zarate (2009-2014)
Eugene Dyer III (2011-2013)
Kyle Thomas (2010-2012)
Heather Yager (2009-2011)
Free Fargo (2009-2011)
Ash Brodbeck (2009-2010)
Vincent Ho (2009)

Vernian Process is an avant-garde musical duo formed in San Francisco in 2003. Taking its name from the works of 19th century author Jules Verne, Vernian Process is a band that creates music themed around Victorian scientific romance and its modern counterpart steampunk. Their sound is a fusion of modern and old-world styles including gothic-rock darkwave, progressive rock, neoclassical, trip hop, ragtime, and other related genres. The band consists of vocalist Joshua A. Pfeiffer, and multi-instrumentalists Martín Irigoyen, Brian Figueroa, and Vincent Van Veen.


Pfeiffer began working on music under the name Vernian Process in the winter of 2003. He released a number of downloadable albums over the next 4 years, including 2004's Discovery and 2006's The Forgotten Age, before being approached by Irigoyen about joining forces to work on Behold the Machine. From that point forward, Vernian Process evolved beyond a solo project. Throughout 2009, as work on the album progressed, Vernian Process sought out additional members in order to play shows to support the upcoming release of Behold the Machine, as well as record new material for future albums. [1][2]

Behold the Machine was released on October 1, 2010.

On November 11, 2010, they announced that their next album would be titled The Consequences Of Time Travel.

On June 27, 2011, Vernian Process released the first single from the new album, entitled "Something Wicked (That Way Went)." The song was inspired by Ray Bradbury's similarly titled dark fantasy novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. The song integrates tarantella and circus music styles with progressive rock and features a sampled calliope. It features Kyle Thomas and Unwoman as guest musicians.

On October 31, 2011, they released a special remix of "Behold the Machine" entitled "Behold the Machine (Factory Floor Mix)." The remix incorporates EBM and industrial influences.

In October 2014, bassist Vincent Van Veen joined the project.


Vernian Process has appeared in articles in media such as the UK publication Bizarre Magazine,[3] and MTV during their coverage of the Steampunk genre.[4]

Band members[edit]

  • Joshua A. Pfeiffer - Vocals, songwriting
  • Martín Irigoyen - Guitars, songwriting, various instruments, SFX
  • Brian Figueroa - Guitars, keyboards
  • Vincent Van Veen - Bass
  • Steven Farrell - Keyboards

Live appearances[edit]

Live, Vernian Process is often joined by cellist Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman.

Vernian Process has appeared at events performing with Attrition,[5] Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and Faith and the Muse, Ravenwood Festival in Arkansas, and the Eccentrik Music Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2008. In 2009 they appeared at a number of festivals, notably Steamcon in Seattle, Washington, Eccentrik Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and The Endless Night Festival in New Orleans. In 2011, they performed across the West Coast at events such as Gaslight Gathering in San Diego, California; Maker Faire in San Mateo, California; and the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco, California. In 2012 they appeared alongside Thomas Dolby at the inaugural 'Steamstock' festival at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California.

Other projects[edit]

Shades of Violet[edit]

As of 2008, Joshua, Martin, and Allison Curval have begun working together on the musical score for the steampunk themed videogame; "Shades of Violet: Song of the Clockwork Princess" for Imagineer Games.[6]

Dirigible Days[edit]

In 2012, Vernian Process was commissioned to write the theme song for the newly released steampunk web series Dirigible Days. The resulting instrumental track, "New Horizons", was released as a single on August 13, 2012.[7]

The edited version for the show's opening also features narration by Anthony Daniels, most famous for his work as the voice of C-3P0 in the Star Wars film series.

The Getty[edit]

In February 2014, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California launched a video they created with Vernian Process to promote their Victorian photography exhibition. It shows a trip to The Getty as a time traveling experience.[8]

Profondo Delle Tenebre[edit]

In mid-2014, frontman Joshua Pfeiffer formed Profondo Delle Tenebre, a synthwave/Italo-Disco project inspired by the Italian Giallo horror genre. He was soon joined by Half Rats of fellow Steampunk band Ague, and Vernian Process keyboardist Steven Farrell, as well as Vernian Process bandmate Martin Irigoyen. Operating under the pseudonyms Dario Bava, Mario Argento (after filmmakers Mario Bava and Dario Argento) and "The Shape", the first full-length album Esoterica was released in October 2015.

Profondo Delle Tenebre has also remixed tracks for San Francisco-based darkwave band Roadside Memorial and horror synth artist Nightcrawler.



  • The Consequences of Time Travel (TBA)


  • Something Wicked (That Way Went) (2011)
  • New Horizons (Dirigible Days Theme) (2012)
  • ELEgy (2013)


  • Steam Age Symphony (2003)
  • Revolution (2005)


  • Catching Up With Vernian Process (2006)
  • Catalysts (2006) - A Collection of cover versions

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