Basil is a composer, musical director, sound designer, and producer, working internationally in film, television, performing arts, album production and installation. He is known for his unique sound, a blend of emotive traditional musical elements with sonic textures to evoke atmospheres, characters and psychological spaces.
He composed the score for the critically acclaimed feature film Romulus My Father, starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente, for which he received an AFI nomination, and collaborated with Caitlin Yeo to create the haunting score for the Channel 7 tele-movie The Killing Field, starring Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'brien.
Basil was the arranger and co-composer of the Dreamworks arena show of How To Train Your Dragon, working with Jónsi (singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós) and renowned film composer John Powell, under the direction of Nigel Jamieson. He performed the songs and live score in 3 seasons of the hit show Songs For the Fallen which won best show at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and also wrote songs and scored Andy X, the latest musical film masterpiece by Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show).
Basil has scored over thirty films, many of them screening in international film festivals and winning awards.His score and sound design for the short film Apricot gained much critical acclaim after the film was voted Best Narrative Film at the Vimeo Awards, and his current collaboration with the same director is screening in this years Melbourne International Film Festival. His orchestral score for the music-driven art-film SUB- won the prestigious Directors Choice Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival.
For the stage, Basil has collaborated with some of Australia’s theatre greats on mainstage shows for Sydney Theatre Co, Melbourne Theatre Co, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, and Griffin. He collaborated with Nigel Jamieson on Wrong Skin, a devised dance/drama piece at the Adelaide and Darwin Festivals featuring the famed Chooky Dancers. He was the musical director and pianist in Germany and Poland for Mrs Bang: a Series of Seductions which won Best Cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and was nominated for a Green Room award. He received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Score, for the critically acclaimed Three Furies, (Sydney, Auckland, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals), also directed by Jim Sharman. He also composed and conducted live music for Dream Masons, a devised outdoor theatrical spectacle which opened Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island to 12 000 people, featuring a 18 piece ensemble and choir.
For television, Basil has composed for documentaries and many TV commercials, including the spectacular live beatbox and choir performance for Vicks Vapordrops. He composed the score for Hammer Bay, a one-hour drama for MTV that won the inaugural One80 competition. He recently also composed music and directed his team of composers at FirstCut Studio for a recent One80 winner, The Sellers. And recently, Basil has scored and sound designed 10 short documentaries for the project 8 Million Steps, after travelling with the project in Spain for 3 months.
Originally trained as an architect, a spacial quality pervades his work, and his three collaborations with renowned video installation artist Kate Murphy explore relationships between music/sound, image, narrative, and architectural space.
He has released 2 albums, A Spark In The Ashes, and The Perfect Boy/Trapture. He currently is based in Europe (Barcelona) and in Sydney.