There's crazy. There's nuts. And then there's 150% absolute balls out insanity. The Midmer Losh organ in Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, is definitely the latter. I've always loved the organ for it's combination of batshit insanity, musical expression, and mechanical genius, and this takes the cake and devours it like a rabid dog. According to Wikipedia, it was designed to fill the massive hall with earsplitting music before loudspeakers (early '30s). The organ console is comprised of 7 keyboards and a pedalboard and well over a thousand stoptabs (switches that turn off sets of pipes), controlling 33,000 pipes ranging from the size of your pinkie nail to 64 feet. Spread out over 8 chambers (with foot-controlled shutters to raise/lower the volume), it's basically the whole damn building. The loudest set of pipes, the Grand Opheceide, sits on 100" of pressure, and fills the room at 130dB with an ear-piercing brassy blast. You can hear it right at the end of the video. Just that one alone could contend with Manowar. And there's 600 other ranks of pipes to contend with as well. To play this thing requires 1000HP fans and a call to the power company. That's a Bugatti Veyron engine just to play it.

Unfortunately, no one gave a shit. Not only did the Depression stop people from seeing sporting events and music concerts, it turns out that building a pipe organ right off the ocean is a terrible idea. Building the damn thing bankrupted the company and almost pulled Atlantic City under (the designer was the rather insane Senator Richards). The heat causes the pipes to warp, so the tuning goes to hell. The humidity and water gets in and destroys precious internals. And these things already require assloads of upkeep, so after a hurricane knocked it out in the '40s, they let it go. A 1998 restoration of one chamber was quickly fucked up by workmen who stomped all over the pipes and cut the wires. Currently, it's at about 10% functionality, which is a shame because this thing is amazing. What you hear in the video is the only time it's ever been recorded at full capacity (sometime in the 50s). And goddamn it's glorious.