First time poster, long time lurker. I see many great modders on here tirelessly working on providing amazing mods for us to enjoy, so I figured I'd lend a hand with something I enjoy doing in my spare time.
I do music production as a part time hobby when I'm not busy with school, and have been wanting to do this theme for years. There were several limitations that held me back though. For starters, the .midi files on the MIDI shrine and other game midi sites are just not faithful representations of Nobuo's original work. There's always something wrong or missing, and I do not want to butcher his compositions trying to fix errors in the midi files provided by those sites. So, I did some digging. I noticed that the MIDI music in the steam version just isn't up to snuff. However, those .sgt files contained all of the composition nuances that Nobuo wanted, which made his work so great. So I found a way to use those .sgt files to convert them to .mid files so I can use the MIDI files to reimagine the FF8 themes with modern instrumentation, while still keeping the original feel that Mr. Uematsu intended. I'll probably make a separate post with a guide on how to do it if any other music production hobbyists want to get their hands on Nobuo's true compositions.
You can listen to the track here
(Also, I reworked a version of Man With A Machine Gun (Laguna's battle theme) that you can listen to if you scroll down on my Soundcloud page.)
For those that use Roses and Wine, I made an .ogg version that you can mod your game files here
.edit: The song has been tested and works perfectly with smooth transitions between loops.
Just download the file, backup the song to be replaced in your Steam folder in FFVIII/Data/OGG, move the OST version out and move the new version into the folder. No additional steps are needed.
I'm also thinking about doing the entire FF8 soundtrack, but that will take quite a long time. Perhaps reworking the entire soundtrack could be used in conjunction with a new version of Roses and Wine? I'm a CS student, so maybe I can write my own installer when the time comes, but if it's not broke, why fix it?
Enough rambling. Enjoy the music! Constructive criticism is appreciated.