Vernian Process is an avant-garde band 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, multi-instrumentalist Martín Irigoyen, bassist Janus Zarate, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Figueroa. The band also features guests live and in the studio regularly.
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 the project 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. Peter "Janus" Zarate joined in 2009, followed by Brian Figueroa in the latter half of 2009
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.
Vernian Process has appeared in articles in media such as the UK publication Bizarre Magazine, and MTV during their coverage of the Steampunk genre.
Joshua A. Pfeiffer - Vocals, songwriting,
Martín Irigoyen - Guitars, songwriting, SFX,
Janus Zarate - Bass guitar, backing vocals,
Brian Figueroa - Keyboards, guitars,
Steven Farrell - Keyboards,
Eugene Dyer III - Drums, hand percussion, saxophone,
Erica Mulkey - Live guest cello,
Live, Vernian Process is often joined by cellist Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman.
Vernian Process has appeared at events performing with Attrition,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 (alongside Abney Park), 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 and Abney Park at the inaugural 'Steamstock' festival at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California.
Shades of Violet:
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.
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.
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.
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.