Southside Silence program notes When I was in junior high school (middle school), I would occasionally have to wait for my mother or father to pick me up for a doctor or dentist appointment. In front of the school was a flagpole. A rope used to swing against the flagpole in the wind, producing a characteristic ringing sound. Standing in front of the school, with all the other kids inside doing school-like things, hearing that noise made me feel somehow alien and isolated. It wasn't really a bad feeling; just sort of a detached melancholy state of mind. This feeling visits me often. The original title of this piece was "I wish I could stay in my room at home and life would just leave me alone for awhile", but that was a little long for my taste. The piece was realized on a NeXT computer using sounds in the upstairs room of our house in late May, 1993. The name of the school with the flagpole was "Southside Junior High".