The golden rule of improvised comedy is ‘the magic of and’.
Never let a statement die, always pick up a joke and develop the theme.
And it turns out, this mindset is golden for composing too.
Every idea that’s thrown in deserves to be responded to, even if it’s with intentional silence.
Otherwise the voices in a track are just characters speaking over each other, or worse, statements followed by unintentional awkward silence.
If a composition sounds refined but feels boring, consider the magic of and.