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Alfred Desio, Creator of Tap-tronics Passes Away

Posted Feb 26 2007 12:00am

Alfred Desio, creator of “Tap-tronics” died of cancer on February 14, 2007. Many of you may have seen “Tap-tronics” featured in the movie Tap when Max Washington’s (played by Gregory Hines) taps were connected to a synthesizer allowing him to create different sound effects with his shoes. Mr. Desio was a true tap innovator.

Here is an article announcing his passing as well as details of his life’s work. Special thanks to for getting the word out!

Here are links to more sites about Mr. Desio as well as his “Zapped Taps”:

What I can’t figure out is why Alfred Desio’s invention is not more widely used in performances. Does anyone have any idea? Post your thoughts…I’d love to hear them!

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