The Wind Harp ‎– Song From The Hill

United Artists Records ‎– UAS-9963
2 × Vinyl, LP


Cycle One: Seasons
A1 Beginnings 5:24
A2 Springsong 3:04
A3 Solstice/Summersong 10:01
B1 Turnings 6:00
B2 Harvest 4:31
B3 Winterwhite 8:52
B4 Circle's End 2:00
Cycle Two: Elements
C1 Fire 9:03
C2 And Earth 12:01
D1 And Air And Water 21:14

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Issued in a gatefold sleeve.

The Wind Harp is a sculpture by Ward McCain. The LP was recorded using EV 365 and 650 microphones on an Ampex 351 laced with Scotch 206 tape. The album comes with printed inner sleeves and a huge poster.
Edited and Mixed at Aengus Studios, Fayeville, Mass.
A Bruce Patch Production.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched runout): UAS-9963-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched runout): UAS-9963-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C etched runout): UAS-9963-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D etched runout): UAS-9963-D
  • Barcode (Side A, B, C & D stamped runout): STERLING


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September 14, 2018
If there is an obscure avant-garde LP begging for a lavish CD reissue, then this is a prime candidate for such.


February 13, 2012
edited over 3 years ago

So to start, the Wind Harp wasn't built by hippies on a commune in California. Instead, with a stiff drink, a handshake and a promise the structure wouldn't hurt land owner Warren Mattoon's cow's, 22 year old Thomas Ward McCain built a 40 foot Aeolian Harp on a hillside pasture in rural Chelsea, Vermont.
The structure was completed in 1971 and these here recordings made soon thereafter.
Within the year of completion, the main beam was cracked from kids climbing on it and had to be reinforced by a steel beam.
You can find testimony all over the web as to the people who made the trek to see the harp and hear her beautiful song. Animals on the farm were allegedly mystified by the sounds the Harp produced. There is also an excerpt from this album that appears on National Philharmonic Orchestra, The* / Leonard Slatkin / Lalo Schifrin - The Exorcist - 25th Anniversary.
Eventually, too many visitors caused the land owner duress and the Wind Harp was disassembled and moved to a place in Maine, and then from that place moved once again. Rumor has it that in the 80's, tuneless and in a fairly windless location, the harp was disassembled again and lay sitting in a barn somewhere in pieces. Soon after building this, McCain became a Buddhist monk and never had contact with his creation again.
Now living in Japan, he has plans to build yet another Wind Harp.

From Ward McCain:
The only thing I thought I might add to the conversation
is that at peoples' request, I had the original UA vinyl
remastered in 2006 and recently redid it with
a lovely photo only my mother had and printed it
on the CD cover. The recording is the same,
well engineered.
If anyone wants a CD, rather than the original
vinyl which is much more colorful with photos etc...
they may order the CD from me at: