Music evolve to fits its environnment is a theory by David Byrne who wrote about his love affair with sound.
From Percussive music which carry well outdoor with its complex rythms, to jazz music that had to face the chatters and dancers ''problem'' and hip-hop meant to be shared in cars, Byrne explain how the environnement shape the music. Byrne also speack about how performers adapted to technology, like Sinatra or Crosby that adjsted there vocal dynamics to microphones, and how modern composers are expected to writes and arrange songs in order to be place in a live venue as well as on private listening device.
This vision is indeed at the opposite of the romantic view of the creation process where ''the rock-and-roll singer is driven by desire and demons, and out bursts this amazing, perfectly shaped song''. Of course the creation process implicate passion, creative thinking, mystery and romantism, but after reading this eco-devo essay I am convince that music evolution in not only driven by composer, musician, but also by there environment, a unconscious factor for the artists.