I'm surprised and flattered that a few of you still remember! It was 1997 when Lesley and I started our shared hobby of midi sequencing.
Back then I used a SoundBlaster16 and software called Midisoft Studio to produce what I often referred to as 'facsimile music'. At the time, folks overlooked the clankety-clank sound because so few people were sequencing folk and traditional music. Relative to nothing, it was outstanding! ;-)
I was please when powerful sound cards and large sound fonts eventually started to offer reasonable sound quality, based on electronic sound bites from real instruments. But that was only a temporary improvement, as most browser and motherboard manufacturers quickly stopped catering to midi as a playback format.
All this means that Lesley and I have retired to midi haven to enjoy listening to the rest of you! :-)