Symbollic- Voice over is slow paced, low pitched, medium volume and has a strong texture. He sounds older, wiser and more intelligent. Arthur-dent is low pitched, high volume, slow paced and a smooth texture, he sounds intelligent and upper-class- a typical British man. The other man is medium-high pitched, low volume, fast-paced and squeeky textured. He sounds young, irritating and un-educated. Ford has a macho voice, it’s slow paced, low pitched, low volume and has a low under-tone. He sounds powerful and strong. Woman’s voice is high pitched, high volume, fast and has a rough texture and rolls her r’s. She sounds like a news presenter of some-sort, snobbish and in-denial. The alien’s voice is an accent that is un-describable, he has a smooth, low pitched but high volume with slight emphasis on odd words, it is in effect as though he’s speaking through a mega-phone to show his power and dominance. Computer voice is low pitched, slow paced and high volume. It sounds very informative and intelligent, this is clearly to provide information to the listeners.
Technical- Lively music indicates a happy time. Sci-fi sound effects indicates the genre is sci-fi. Sound effect of alarms in the background sets the scene in some sort of laboratory. Sound effects of the pub chatter and moving glasses sets the scene in the pub. Ford’s voice gets gradually louder as he comes into the room. Ambient music is creepy and eerie which raises tension as it gets louder and “squeakier”. Shouting behind news reporter is very chaotic and angry which proves they don’t agree with her. The little claps she gets shows a small audience who agree with her. Loud banging sounds shows danger. Arthur’s voice getting louder shows he’s running towards his house. Loud shootings and bangings show the destruction going on in the town. Screaming and shouting of over 1,000 people proves chaos of the end of the world. Lasers and spaceship sound effects sets them in a spaceship. Wind after the destruction creates on image of emptiness, death to all humans.
Cultural- Lively music indicates the time period, usual 70′s music. Field specific lexis such as “Ursaminer” and “intergalactic” indicates the sci-fi genre. Arthur-dent calls the toilets the “lavatory” presenting his class. The builders/council workers have high frequency lexis and don’t sound very smart. The presenter uses words such as “conspicuous” proving his intelligence. Using words such as “Arsenal” for the football match shows the British culture. Less than £5 for 6 pints of beer shows the year it was set in, as it’s a lot expensive now. “Going to the pub” is a really British thing. “Push of you old bag.” The foul language shows the common-ness of the crowd. Language such as “Champagne” from the news reporter shows her upper-class. News Reporter describes their town as a “Cruddy old village” which offends the audience. Arthur buys 4 packets of peanuts for 28p which again indicates the time period. Beeping of the Guide(in the 70′s dial-up would make a similar sound back then) which would have made it clear to the audience they were connecting to the internet.